As of Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BUFORD -- Months ago, Gwinnett shoppers began to figure out where to shop on Sunday if they wanted to add a six-pack to their grocery cart.
While voters in nearly every city in the county approved the new law last November, Gwinnett officials did not place the measure on ballots.
That has sent wine and beer drinkers inside city limits to buy their wares on Sundays.
The vote for Gwinnett is countywide -- whether a person lives inside a city or not -- although people who live in the city of Buford also have the opportunity to vote at City Hall Tuesday. The matter is nonpartisan, so people can vote whether they choose the Republican or Democratic ballot, or they can choose a nonpartisan ballot.
If the county's referendum passes, it will become effective June 1. Commissioners will have to set new rates for alcohol licenses selling seven days a week.
"I'm not going to speculate on what commissioners have in mind," county spokesman Joe Sorenson said about the amount of revenue that the could add to the county coffers. He noted, though, that local cities have not seen a drastic increase. "Assuming it does get equalized (among jurisdictions), it'll be interesting to see if people buy more beer and wine or if it just gets spread out (over the week)."
In November, jurisdictions across the state approved Sunday sales measures. All 13 referenda in Gwinnett cities passed by large margins.