Round Two of the Alcohol Debate Begins in Littlefield - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/05

Round Two of the Alcohol Debate Begins in Littlefield

Round two of a familiar debate is brewing in Littlefield over alcohol sales. Citizens will battle it out at a November 8th election. The controversy is whether or not to allow packaged liquor sales in the city. Littielfield residents are no stranger to this issue, you'll recall a similar election failed by only 27 votes last September. Now that another election is set opinions from both sides are circulating. Proponents say it comes down to driving and money.

You may only see poker chips and decks of cards at Chad Wright's poker hall, but look closer and you could see something else. "This hopefully will be the liquor store," said Wright who leads the effort which he hopes will soon allow packaged liquor sales in the city of Littlefield, meaning his poker hall could become a liquor store. Write said, "I'm tired of driving everywhere, tired of seeing the tax dollars of Littlefield leave town."

In a recent letter to the local paper, Wright states up to 750 people leave town to buy liquor, which he says amounts to an average yearly basis of $1.3 to $2.9 million leaving town.

However, opponents say in a Christian community, alcohol is a moral issue. One opponene said, "It causes trouble. Young people, old people, it just causes trouble."

Right now, Littlefield residents have to take the 20 mile drive to Levelland if they want to buy alcohol. On the way back, who's to say they won't crack open a six pack. Littlefield resident, Rudy Torrez knows many people like that. "Coming back they'll drink one, two three, by the time they get into town."

Wright says, "They say it's too tempting not to grab a couple and drink on the way back." Wright goes onto say, "They say the sales tax revenue for Littlefield was down 10% from last year, so we're offering to give themsales tax without having to spend a dime."

Once again voters have the final say.

Voter turnout for the last alcohol election totaled 1,983out of 4,254 registered voters. The last mayoral election had a turnout of 634.

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