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Group submits signatures to call Lindale alcohol vote

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The group submitted their signed petitions on Friday morning. (Source: KLTV staff) The group submitted their signed petitions on Friday morning. (Source: KLTV staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

An economic development group turned in signatures to the Smith County Elections Office on Friday in the hopes of calling an election in November to allow limited alcohol sales in Lindale.

The Committee for Economic Growth needed to collect roughly 2,574 signatures from registered voters in Justice Precinct 5, which includes northwestern Smith County and the cities of Hideaway Lake and Lindale. The group asked voters to sign petitions calling for an election to allow for the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores. The petitions also called for the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants.

The signatures will now be verified before an election is called. If enough signatures are gathered, the Smith County Commissioners Court must order the election for November.

According to the CEG, if the alcohol vote succeed, the economic impact on the precinct could bring in approximately $13.5 million in annual sales, nearly 130 new jobs and over $300,000 in new sales tax revenue - a 14.2% increase from 2013 sales tax revenues for Lindale.

Tyler voters approved alcohol sales for off-premise consumption in November 2012. Whitehouse voters approved alcohol sales in May 2013. Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, 2 and 4 have also approved alcohol sales for off-premise consumption.

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