Voters hope alcohol expansion helps boost local economy
MURRAY, Ky. — More money, new businesses and a better future. That's what some say will now happen after people voted to expand alcohol sales in Murray, Kentucky.
In a large turnout for a special election, people voted convincingly to allow package alcohol sales, a move some say is the right one to help boost the community and those who call it home.
Lance Allison is President and CEO of the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce and is happy with how people handled themselves during months of campaigning.
"We had both sides that were very passionate about how they felt about the issue but it never bled across into being confrontational," Allison said.
Allison said the focus now is to see how the move will impact the community and the economy.
"It's going to have a negative and a positive impact and there's going to be good and bad with everything that you have," Allison said. "I think you are going to see some positive economic impact through this."
The ordinance voters approved Tuesday allows for seven retail liquor package licenses and seven retail liquor drink licenses. In 60 days, the votes will be officially confirmed and then Murray will be officially wet.
Allison added that he and others expect new restaurants and businesses to build in Murray and that means more money across the board.
"The dollar turnover here is not just in tax revenue," he said. "The dollar turnover is how many times is that dollar turning over in the community? And you're going to see that turnover a lot more now than we did before."
People living in Marshall County, Kentucky voted down a similar measure that would have allowed expanded alcohol sales.