The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday night to request the North Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation to clarify existing laws and allow the Wittenburg Township to hold an an ABC referendum.
If the State allows Wittenburg Township, which includes the Bethlehem Community to vote, that referendum could be on the November ballot. The board passed the resolution by a 4-1 count with only Commissioner Ronnie Reese casting a no vote.
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. Commission Chair Ryan Mayberry, a resident of Bethlehem submitted the resolution to the board citing the economic impact it could have on the County.
There was no time line mentioned on how quickly the state will respond to the resolution.
In other Board Action
The Commissioner heard from County Manager Rick French on the 2016-2017 County Budget. French proposed a budget of $38,648,095 which includes leaving the property tax rate the same as last years budget. The proposal includes an increase of $369,000 to Alexander County Schools. Last years budget approved by the board totaled $37,730,658 which included a 12.5 cent tax rate hike.
A Public Hearing on the proposed budget is set for June 6, 2016 at 6pm.