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Alcohol petitions go to Smith County Commissioners

Deon Williams, Stand Strong for Tyler Deon Williams, Stand Strong for Tyler
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Last week, Tyler's City Council approved two petitions for the November ballot that would allow the sale of alcohol in some parts of the city.

Tomorrow, the Smith County Commissioner's Court will have the opportunity to put those same petitions on the November ballot in Precinct 2, which includes southwest Tyler, Noonday, and Flint.

Both sides say they are feeling confident that the county commissioners will rule in their favor.

Bob Westbrook, chairperson of Buy Local First, says he is feeling confident about the commissioner's court allowing the petitions to the ballot after last week's city council meeting.

"It's not anything that we take for granted, that's why I'll be there," Westbrook said. "I make sure that I'm there to ask them to please accept the signatures, the petitions and the signatures as we've turned them in and have been verified by the county clerk's office."

One petition allows the off-premise sale of beer and wine within the city and within Precinct 2 in Smith County. The second legalizes the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants. According to the city last week, both petitions had more signatures than the required number to call an election in the city of Tyler.

But Deon Williams and other members of Stand Strong for Tyler don't believe the county will verify enough signatures to send the petitions to the ballot.

According to numbers released by Stand Strong for Tyler's lawyers tonight, Petition One, the beer and wine sales petition, fell short by 201 signatures.

"The way it looks to us right now is that they don't have enough signatures for that to be added to the ballot, so that would be a big step forward," Williams said.

But if the county says there are enough signatures to place Petitions One and Two on the November ballot, Williams says Stand Strong for Tyler will continue to educate the public about why alcohol use is dangerous.

"This whole thing is really about both sides having the opportunity to be heard, because if those signatures are verified, then we can't argue in terms of it going to the ballot. Then the people have to decide," Williams said.

Smith County officials would not release the final number of signatures verified ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

The county commissioner's court will meet tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.

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