Alexander County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors President Douglas Caudle has announced that the board has endorsed the introduction of a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly to allow the Wittenburg Township to have an alcohol referendum in 2016. If the bill is introduced and approved by legislators, the board would then endorse the alcohol referendum to stimulate growth in that community.
“The EDC board believes the sale of alcohol in the Wittenburg Township would have a positive impact in terms of economic development through increased sales and potential new businesses. We encourage residents and business owners to contact our legislators to get the bill introduced and passed to allow a referendum to occur in this community,” Caudle stated. “The board understands that there are differing opinions regarding the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, but we believe this is an economic development issue, and we endorse the pending legislation and hopefully a subsequent referendum.”
According to 2014-15 data from the NC Department of Revenue, Alexander County ranked 76th out of 100 counties in total retail sales. Alexander County had $160,165,310 in taxable sales, with gross collections of $7,621,510.
Caudle said that a lot of money is being spent in neighboring counties due to lack of alcohol sales in the Wittenburg and Bethlehem communities.
“Regardless of your opinion about alcohol, people are going to drive to nearby counties to purchase it. Alexander County should reap the financial rewards and stop the retail leakage, because a county line doesn’t stop people from buying and consuming alcohol,” Caudle said.
Contact NC Senator Andy Wells at email@example.com or (828) 322-7169, and NC Representative Lee Zachary at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 872-0981, and express your support for legislation to allow an ABC referendum in the Wittenburg Township of Alexander County.
The Alexander County EDC is a 501(c)(3) organization with an independent board of directors.