Group Turns In Signatures For Another Wet-Dry Vote In Hartselle

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The group "Hartselle Citizens for Economic Development" has presented a petition to the city council. 

It took about a year and a half to collect more than 2,600 signatures supporting an alcohol sales referendum, but the group got them.

Voters rejected alcohol sales in two previous referendums.  However, supporters believe alcohol sales will bring in more tax dollars.

A spokesman for the opposition group "Families For A Safe Hartselle" says there's plenty of revenue already.  Jeff Johnson said numbers show the city is changing.

"We voted back in 2002 to stay the way we were," said Johnson.  "Since then, we've had an 18 percent growth in population.  We've had more than five national chains locate here in Hartselle, we're developing the Morgan Center Business Park right now."

The Hartselle City Clerk is still trying to validate the signatures, which she expects to finish by next week.  If there are enough, the issue will appear on the ballot on November 6th.

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