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Bullard to hold wet/dry election


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BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - Last year, three East Texas cities voted to allow the sale of alcohol within city limits, despite being in a dry county. Now, another East Texas city wants to join their ranks.

Bullard City Council voted unanimously for a special alcohol election in November. The vote is a result of a petition that was started by Bullard residents who want alcohol sold there.

The city manager said the council needed 166 signatures from Bullard residents and registered voters. The petition had nearly 300 signatures.

"This happened all pretty quickly," said Larry Morgan, the Bullard city manager. "There was not anything in the horizon and Winnsboro started their petitions and then it just kind of mushroomed and went from town to town."

The city council meeting fell a day after the deadline to approve a special election in May so the election will be held in November. 

Residents in Bullard remain divided on the issue. Some say alcohol sales would be good for the economy, others fear it will have a negative impact on the city.

"There's very little of that tax money that they're saying they would get for thousands and hundreds of thousands in business dollars," said Paul Quiggins, a Bullard resident against alcohol sales. "Very few actually comes into the economy."

"I think it is good for growth and I also think it will bring in needed tax dollars," said Jim Williams, a resident for alcohol sales.

The Mayor of Bullard, Teresa Adams-Wilks, says she is strongly against alcohol sales.

Bullard joins the cities of Whitehouse and Jacksonville, both of which will vote on their alcohol petitions in May.

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