Some in the small southern Kentucky city of Corbin believe more alcohol creates more trouble. “And there’s no doubt, we’ll have more problems that we can deal with on our hands,” said Allen Bonnell.
Bonnell believes Corbin doesn’t need more legalized liquor. “You know this is not a question of is it right or wrong to drink. It’s a question of will it benefit us?” he said Friday.
Bonnell says taxes from the sale of packaged beer, wine, and whiskey will go primarily to hire more police officers. “But we don’t want to create for them more problems, therefore having to tax alcohol, so we can hire more police to police the problems that this brings in,” he said.
If the ordinance passes, it will allow for up to 3 stand alone package liquor stores. Gas station-food marts and grocery stores will be able to sell it, and more restaurants will be able to serve it. Currently restaurants have to derive 70% of their sales from food to sell boos, but if the referendum passes that percentage drops to 50%.
Aaron Miracle says that’s a good thing. “I think it brings a lot of money to the town. A lot of businesses have prospered being able to serve alcohol in their restaurants,” said Miracle.
But Miracle does see a problem with just having restaurants serving alcohol in Corbin because often people patronize those places, just to drink, and then drive home.
“I think if they were able to purchase it and drink it in the leisure of their homes, it would prevent a lot of drinking and driving,” he said.
People in 7 city precincts will decide the debate on February 14th.