Voters to decide on Buford Sunday sales

BUFORD -- Registered voters in Buford can decide March 6 whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales by the package inside city limits.

During a meeting this week, the Buford City Commission voted to put package sales of beer and wine on the ballot during the presidential preference primary.

The package sales question will also be on countywide ballots, allowing transactions between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m., if approved by voters countywide.

Phillip Beard, commission chairman with the city of Buford, said the board decided to move forward with package sales because "we wanted to give the citizens the opportunity to tell us which direction they want to go on the issue."

In November, 13 other cities approved the measure.

Beard said officials waited to put the item on the ballot to keep it separate from an extension of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which was on the November ballot countywide.

"We felt like that the education sales tax was an issue that we did not want to complicate the alcohol issue," Beard said. "Due to the fact that the schools were our priority, we chose to hold off on it and keep it separate."

In other news at Tuesday's meeting, Beard was reelected as commission chairman and Chris Burge was elected vice-chairman.

Beard has now held office with the city for nearly four decades.

New school board members Daren Perkins and Beth Lancaster were sworn into office as well during the meeting.


kevin 3 years, 9 months ago

this has been so ridiculous to make Buford and also Gwinnett county residents wait until March to vote for Sunday sales. Why is it being limited to beer and wine. What's wrong with whiskey? Are we that stupid a population not to vote for all alcoholic beverages to be sold on Sunday? Are our politicians that scared of this?


jjbod1 3 years, 9 months ago

The reason its only for beer and wine is because the city of Buford, and most of the other cities in Gwinnett, along with the entire unincorporated county of Gwinnett, do not have or allow package stores at all. And that is another ridiculous situation in itself that many of us can rant about. Maybe someday this area will grow up.


Mack711 3 years, 9 months ago

Duluth has several package stores as well as other cities do. At this time not sure if sales are limited to just beer and wine. Should be all alcholic beverages to be sold not just a certain few.


Mack711 3 years, 9 months ago

At least Beard was honest when he said that they did not want to have it on the same ballot as the E--SPLST. He like Nash knew that the SPLOST would be defated with a highet turn out for the alchol sales vote. Now we have T-SPLOST coming up in July and all are counting on low voter turn out so that SPLOST will pass. To save tax $$$ move the T-SPLOST vote to March and see how it does, bet it would not pass. Whiskey sales should be included in all votes for Sunday sales. It is an alcoholic beverage is it not?


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