A separate ABC Referendum for the Wittenburg Township in Alexander County cleared a hurdle and moved a step closer to reality in Raleigh on Tuesday. The North Carolina Senate passed Bill #884 by a vote of 36-6. 7 State Senators did not vote and 1 was absent.
The bill will now be sent to the House for a vote there. That vote could happen Wednesday although a timetable is not certain.
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners asked the state legislature to clarify existing laws and therefore allow the referendum for the Wittenburg township which is comprised of the Wittenburg and Bethlehem Communities.
In the last countywide ABC referendum held in 2013, Bethlehem 1 and 2 precincts and Wittenburg voted for alcohol sales to be allowed . The vote failed overall in the county balloting by a margin of less that 5 percent. Commission Chair Ryan Mayberry, a resident of Bethlehem submitted the resolution to the board citing the economic impact it could have on the County.
The passage by the Senate keeps alive the possibility that the referendum could be on the November ballot.