Bud Caywood, President of The Bethlehem Community Development Association, has announced that the organization has endorsed the resolution by the Alexander County Commissioners for a bill to the North Carolina General Assembly to allow the Wittenburg Township to have a special alcohol referendum in 2016. The bill includes Wittenburg and Bethlehem communities.
“The Bethlehem Community Development Association was established in the early 1950’s to develop, encourage and promote the general business interest of the Bethlehem Area. Supporting the opportunity for the sale of alcohol would have a positive effect in attracting potential new businesses to our community.” Caywood stated. He also points out that “Wittenburg and Bethlehem contribute 43% of Alexander County property taxes. It only makes sense! When our residents leave the county to buy alcohol in Hickory, they buy groceries and other items as well! That sales tax revenue stays in Catawba County.”
In the March 2013 Alexander County-wide ABC Referendum that was defeated the Wittenburg and Bethlehem voters passed all components of the alcohol election by more than 60% of the vote. The other 13 precincts defeated the referendum by only a little over 500 votes. “When voters are that strongly in favor of an election they should be given the opportunity to vote again…as a community!” Caywood said.
Residents can contact Senator Andy Wells at Andy.Wells@ncleg.net or (828-322-7169) and NC Representative Lee Zachary at Lee.Zachary@ncleg.net or (704-872-0981) to support legislation to allow an ABC referendum in the Wittenburg Township of Alexander County.