Residents in Crosby County went to the polls this weekend and voted to lift their ban on alcohol. It passed with 474 in favor and 215 against. Once it goes into effect, alcohol sales will be allowed in restaurants and stores in Lorenzo, Ralls, Crosbyton and the surrounding areas.
Erica Hitt started the petition last June to get the issue on the ballot. Within a month, she had the more than 424 signatures needed to bring it to the voters.
"Right before I got the results, I thought 'it's not going to pass.' When I got the call that it did, I was jumping up and down," Hitt said.
For Hitt, this election wasn't just about being able to grab a cold one.
"The revenue, the tax revenue. And it may not be a dramatic change, but anything for the county will help at this point," Hitt said.
She did run into some opposition during her fight, but not enough to make a difference on Saturday.
"I know they're out there and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It was mainly, it's going to hurt the children and increase DWI's.," she said.
But now, the Commissioner's Court in Crosby County has to make the election results official. The clerk will inform the state.
"Once she does that, all the individuals can apply for permits," Hitt said.
Commissioner's Court was held Monday, however, the alcohol election was not on the docket. Unless a special meeting is scheduled, the approval will have to wait until the next meeting on June 10.
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