Liquor-by the-drink vote delayed until 2014
Ashley Biles Associate Editor
In the Tuesday, September 10 edition of The Thomaston Times, the question was raised as to who would be voting for liquor by the drink sales in unincorporated Upson County come the November election; and the answer is…no one. Due to the fact that there are no other county elections this fall, the Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday evening to postpone the vote until the earliest possible election of 2014 to save on county expenses.
“We looked at this and there is no county wide election coming up in November,” said Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston. “So for the county to hold the election, it would cost us between $5,000 to $8,000. We are already crushed and we are trying to watch every penny, so we decided to put this off (until next year).”
The board voted 3-2 in February of this year to put the decision of selling liquor by the drink in unincorporated Upson County to the citizens, with Chairman Blackston and Commissioner Frank Spraggins casting the two no votes. Commissioner Steve Hudson had stated in February that he felt allowing the citizens to vote on the issue was the only fair way to make a decision, as he represented both people who were for it and against it.
Blackston continued stating the board is trying to be good stewards of the money of the citizens of Upson County and the vote for liquor by the drink sales will be held in 2014.
In other business, County Manager Jim Wheeless told the board he had received numerous calls from citizens about the trash collection services. Their issues have been with billing because Advanced Disposal collected payment at the end of the quarter and TransWaste (which is the company now used) bills at the beginning of the quarter. He stated that several people have said they are not getting credited for the payments they have made in advance. Wheeless noted that some a meeting would be set up with TransWaste to see what could be done.
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