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Waynesboro prepares for liquor vote

The City of Waynesboro will hold a liquor referendum vote next Tuesday. The City of Waynesboro will hold a liquor referendum vote next Tuesday.
WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) -

The City of Waynesboro will hold a liquor referendum vote next Tuesday. Those in favor say the addition of liquor sales will bring economic development to the town, while those in opposition feel it is an unnecessary move for the city to make. 

Waynesboro currently sells beer and light wine. Resident Paul Keane says that paves the way for liquor sales as well.

"It only makes sense to take that one next step and try to recoup some of the tax dollars that are leaving Waynesboro," he said. "I feel like a lot of the tax dollars are going to Laurel, Hattiesburg, Meridian. Why shouldn't they be here?"

The vote will be a 'yes' or 'no' ballot, showing favor or disagreement to alcohol sales within the city limits. The decision for how to implement that law will come after the vote, if it passes.

Some residents are standing strong against the referendum. Dwight Smith says it is a "moral thing" for him.

"We've given ground to the devil's crowd long enough," he said. "I'm tired of that, and I don't want to give them anymore ground."

Wayne County Economic Development District Director Sean Dunlap says that if this passes, it will attract businesses to the area, especially some major restaurants.

The vote will be held July 23 and is open only to registered voters within the Waynesboro city limits.

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