Carnesville Votes Down Liquor By The Drink

March 22, 2013

The only full service restaurant in Carnesville will not be serving liquor by the drink anytime soon.

A referendum put forth by the Carnesville City Council was defeated Tuesday by a vote of 35 to 24.

Carnesville Mayor Harris Little said the matter came up on a ballot after the owner of the El Perian Mexican restaurant had asked the City Council for permission to serve liquor by the drink.

Little said if the referendum had passed, it would have meant additional sales tax revenue for the town.

According to Little, when the town passed an ordinance several years ago allowing the sale of beer and wine at local convenience stores, revenue increased by some $25,000 a year.

Still, Little said he is fine with the results.

Turnout in the town of just over 500 citizens was extremely light.

Only 19 of the 350 registered voters cast an early ballot and only 40 people voted in person at the Carnesville Fire Department on Tuesday.

The city of Carnesville will not be able to bring the matter up for a vote again for another two years.

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