Owsley Co. voters have mixed reaction about wet/dry vote outcome

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Some businesses in Owsley County will now be allowed to sell alcohol.

Voters in the county approved the wet/dry vote Tuesday by more than 100 votes, but not everyone is happy about the outcome.

"What tax money we are going to get from this, or what revenue we are going to get, what's it going to cost to have to jail these people for DUI? What's it going to cost the fathers to get alcohol instead of feeding their families or paying their rent," Keith Murray, pastor of First Baptist Church Island City.

He says many of the "Vote No" signs were taken down, and he says many people didn't know about the vote.

Other people in the county are glad businesses will be allowed to sell alcohol. They say the closest wet town is more than 30 minutes away.

"If people are going to drink, they are going to go anywhere to get it. So I guess what little bit of money be spent it will be kept here in the county. That's a good thing," said Oakley Murrell who lives in Booneville.

It is still not clear what types of businesses will be able to sell alcohol or when sales will begin.

Officials say the fiscal court will now set the ordinances relating to alcohol sales.

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