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City Council approves first reading of ordinance placing Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

Tuesday, May 10

Ordinance requires second reading before going on to city voters in November


City Council took a step toward placing the issue of Sunday alcohol sales in stores before voters this November in a 6-1 vote at their meeting on Monday. Council member Jerome Rice voted against. City voters passed a referendum in 2003 allowing restaurants and bars to serve alcohol, but stores were still barred from selling alcohol for off-premises consumption. If approved for a second reading, the referendum will appear on the general election ballot on November 8.

Also at Monday's meeting, Council got its first opportunity to weigh in on the City's fiscal year 2017 budget. City revenue is projected to grow around $1.2 million in the coming fiscal year, though a number of what Assistant City Manager Chris Story termed "unavoidable costs" are expected to take up a significant portion of that total. For more from last night's meeting, see full videos of both the meeting and budget workshop below, as well as a roundup of our live tweets.