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June 8, 2014

Campaign to expand alcohol purchasing laws in full swing

CLAREMORE — A campaign, in support of changing local liquor laws, is making a final push as the June 24th election approaches.

If approved by voters, alcoholic beverages, including wine and liquor, will be available for purchase. Currently, the sale of these items is prohibited on Sundays, as well as ,Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Local businessman Dwayne Caldwell said the proposal is already in place in Owasso and Tulsa.

Caldwell has been leading the effort to get the law changed and boost economic growth as a result.

Sales tax revenue is estimated to increase of $350,000 inside the city limits and $250,000 annually in the county if the proposition is passed, according to Caldwell.

“We are asking businesses to come into town and lose money one day a week, that is whey we are losing growth in this town,” Caldwell said.

The change in the law will spur economic growth and help attract businesses to the area. “Enid went through the same thing three months ago and it passed 3-1,” he said.

“Right now, we are paying for Owasso’s roads, police and fire department, when that could be happening here in Claremore,” Caldwell said.

The number one question supporters hear on the campaign trail has to deal with how the change would affect liquor stores.  

Liquor stores will stay closed on Sundays, according to Caldwell.

The law addresses restaurants and other businesses like the casinos in Rogers County, according to Caldwell.

Currently, when groups gather for football or basketball games, they cannot order alcoholic beverages.

That translates into customers leaving our community, according to Caldwell.

Voters can read the complete text of the proposition from the ballot online at www.rogerscountyelectionboard.org .

 

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