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'Buy Local First' pushes for Tyler alcohol sales


Two-dozen business owners and professionals are now pushing for the sale of beer and wine in Tyler, Noonday, Bullard and Flint. 

Wednesday, the group "Buy Local First" announced their plans to get a vote on alcohol sales for Smith County Precinct 2 and another vote on alcohol sales in the City of Tyler. 

They say if it passes, the areas could see a financial boom. 

They need nearly 15,000 signatures to call an open election. 

"This is an economic issue primarily," said Chris Simons, Buy Local First member, "The City of Tyler is very large and we're missing a capture of sales tax that are going down the road."

Simons started Kitchens Unique 20 years ago. As a member of the political action committee, he says if an election happens and it passes, it has the potential to increase revenue in all sectors. 
"Because anytime you have a little more broader base, you know there might be some more people coming to Tyler and obviously I'm in the remodel business," he said. 

The committee needs votes from City of Tyler residents, and Precinct 2 voters which include Flint, Noonday and Bullard.
"The city might be upward about $3 million additional revenue sales tax if we're in a position of getting this passed in November," said Simons. 

Owner of Stanley's BBQ, Nick Pencis, is also on the committee.

"We're letting our local government intrude into our lives and tell us what we can and can't buy at the grocery store to enjoy in the privacy of our own home," he said. "I think it's time that we at least let the voters decide and have the choice."

In November, they hope there will be enough support to give people a chance to make their own decision.

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