Voters in one Bowie County town will decide Tuesday whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Proposition 1 asks voters whether they want to approve "the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only." Proposition 2 asks voters whether they approve of "the legal sale of mixed beverage in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only."
Opponents of the propositions are headed by some local churches in Nash. At First Baptist Church, a wrecked vehicle is on display, encouraging a "No" vote.
"Alcohol in Nash, Texas will lower property values, it will cause increase vagrants, and it is going to be easy access to minors, and ultimately it is going to cause blight in the community," says Hickory Hill pastor Paul Keener.
"We feel it's best for Nash, says David Hollis, who is a member of the Nash Economic Council, representing local businesses. Hollis says the sale of alcoholic beverages will help the city with industrial and financial growth, to the tune of around $400,000 in taxes a year. "Economic values from retail sales to tax dollars for the city will help the city for fire and police and every endeavor. They have tax money we are spending now on the Arkansas side."
"Only the people who are pushing for the sale of beer and wine will benefit," argues Pastor Keener. "The citizens of Nash, Texas will not benefit at all."
It's not the first time a vote on the issue has come before Nash residents. In 2008, citizens rejected a similar proposal.
Keener and detractors are hoping the votes will bring the same result this time around, too. "We are not here to try and stop anybody from drinking but it is about the sale of beer and wine in this wonderful city."
Voters can cast their ballots at City Hall in Nash. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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