Voters to decide on expanding alcohol sales in Burnet County

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KINGSLAND, Texas (KXAN) — “It’s going to be phenomenal, it’s going to be absolutely wonderful.” Gene Broadway envisions the day he can sit down and have a burger and a beer at the Legends Golf Course in Kingsland.

Right now, the course is only allowed to sell beer to-go, much like a convenience store. But voters have the power to change that. Gene is voting yes on the November ballot, to let stores and restaurants in unincorporated parts of Burnet County serve alcohol by the drink, if they choose.

“There are certain places in the county that are wet, other places that are completely dry,” says Gene.

Supporters of this proposition say they just want to level the playing field. The realtor representing a convenience store that shut down in Kingsland, says they’re having a hard time selling the place because they’re not allowed to sell alcohol.

But Pastor Richard West with Kingsland Community Church believes more alcohol spells trouble. “I’ve had to bury too many people that have had alcohol-related accidents or deaths,” says Pastor West.

Even people who went to this church, which is why he doesn’t support this proposal. “If I can stop one devastation, I’ve done what I’m supposed to do.”

No matter your belief, this election you have a say whether Burnet County sees more booze.

Right now there are 49 counties in Texas where alcohol can be legally sold in the entire county. In our area, that includes Travis and Fayette counties. Tax revenue from liquor sales can be used for road repairs and public safety.

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