The Sandy Springs City Council will likely move forward with a proposal to put Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot in November, but the costs of putting it on the ballot may quash the issue until the next city-wide election.
At their regular work session Aug. 2, members briefly discussed the proposal to put Sunday sales on the Nov. 8 ballot. The proposal will likely be on the agenda for the Aug. 16 meeting. According to a draft of the resolution, voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to allow the city to permit and regulate package sales between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The council asked city staff to determine the costs of the election.
City Councilman Gabriel Sterling said the issue had nothing to do with bringing more revenue into the city. “To me this has never been about the revenue,” he said. “This is about allowing people the freedom of choice to do these things.”
City Attorney Wendell Willard said the city is still uncertain what the costs would be. He said the cost could impact the council’s decision about putting Sunday sales on the ballot this November, because it would be the only item pertaining to the city on the ballot.
“We’re trying to be helpful for our license holders in the city to have package and retail sales, but if it’s going to be extremely costly it’s just not feasible from an economic standpoint and we might have to wait until we have another city-wide ballot,” Willard said.
Willard said he didn’t think revenues from alcohol sales would offset the cost of putting the question on the November ballot because the city is not increasing the cost of the licenses.