Cullman County resident wants wet/dry vote

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A Cullman County man is starting the push to allow alcohol sales in the county.  Right now, only the city of Cullman is wet but the county is dry.

Dale Lamar has started putting petitions at convenience stores across the county to start collecting signatures from registered voters. He said going wet would bring extra money into the county.

"I just think the county needs more money. We hear they are broke. We hear schools are having trouble and may be closing down because of revenue," said Lamar.

Lamar said he isn't pushing voters to sign the petition, but has gotten a great response so far. "I'm just trying to get it on the ballot, and people can can say wet or dry."

Cullman County voters are still split on the issue. Supporters said it will bring more revenue to the county, while opponents worry about safety. "Underage drinking and drunk driving is a bad thing in Alabama. If we can stop that by not selling alcohol in the county, that would be a good thing," said Cullman County resident Timothy Bliss.

"I just think they are going to buy it somewhere. So you might as well buy it here and support school system and store and everything here," said Cullman County resident Roy Etheridge.

Lamar needs to collect about 7600 signatures of registered voters.Those signatures will have to be authorized by the Board of Registrar's Office.  If it all checks out, then a referendum will go before voters.

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