Liquor sales petition circulating in Snellville

Snellville residents are going door-to-door, asking for neighbors to sign a petition that would trigger a referendum on liquor sales, Channel 2 Action News reported.

One of the leaders of the petition effort is Scott Danos, owner of Niko’s Wine Corner. Customers want to be able to buy liquor at the same local businesses where they buy other alcoholic beverages, Danos said.

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“We have a full service opportunity for high end beer and wine, but customers demand and look for additional inventiory,” Danos told Channel 2.

The petition effort has been ongoing for about a week, and they have until the end of the year to collect 5,000 signatures. In order to trigger a referendum on packaged liquor sales in Snellville, the petition must have the signatures of 35 percent of the city’s population.

Danos believes that allowing liquor sales in city limits would benefit not just his business, but the municipal government.

“Easily $200,000 to $500,000 a year just for alcohol sales tax is going out the door to other jurisdictions and could easily come to Snellville,” Danos told Channel 2.

While Gwinnett County allows package liquor sales, legal restrictions vary from city to city. Berkeley Lake passed a referendum allowing liquor sales last week, while Lawrenceville bans package liquor sales.

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