The discussion about the loss of local tax dollars to neighboring counties due to the lack of package liquor stores in Jones County has been an ongoing topic of conversation. Both Bibb and Baldwin counties have package stores, and the issue resurfaced when the Board of Commissioners recently voted to put Sunday sales of beer and wine on the ballot.
Businessman and Development Authority member T.J. Heath is one of the leaders of the effort, as is Gray Mayor Gus Wilson, Commissioner Daylon Martin, and Development Authority member Francis Adams. Attorney Charles Newberry took the question of Sunday sales to the commissioners.
Heath emphasized that the effort is to put the referendum on the ballot. A person’s signature on the petition does not mean they are in favor of alcohol sales. It does mean they are in favor of putting the question to a vote.
“We are not trying to influence people about which way to vote; we just want to give them the right to vote,” he stated.
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