Friday, January 6, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.