Voters prepare for wet/dry vote

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Corbin and Williamsburg are the latest towns to approve certain alcohol sales and in just a couple of weeks, voters in Knott County will get the chance to voice their opinions on the matter.

The April 10th vote in Knott County is just around the corner and as the vote gets nearer leaders are coming forth on both sides of the issue.

To Ezalee Pigman it seems like common since, "We are watching counties around us grow in leaps and bounds and Knott County doesn't seem to be growing at the same rate,” Pigman said.

Which is why he and a group of friends wants people to vote yes on April 10th.

"Through research and newspaper articles we have ready say that more DUI's occur in dry counties and we just feel alcohol consumption happens in our county anyways so why not receive the benefits,” Pigman said.

But not everyone is convinced by that research.

"Property value decreases, burglaries go up, crime rate increases, the cost of law enforcement has to be looked at, the cost of insurance rates goes up and there's just so many negatives,” Pastor Mike Caudill said.

Mike Caudill says he and his organization Concerned Citizens of Knott County have been doing their own research.

"We've had people from our organization contact officials in Perry County just to get how much tax revenue has come in from the sale of alcohol and there is just no real money coming in,” Caudill said.

The department of Alcohol Beverage Control will be in Knott County next week on April 3rd to answer any questions people have on both sides of the issue.
A petition in Pineville received enough signatures last month to allow for a vote.

The vote is scheduled for June 26th.

Whitesburg will also hold a wet-dry vote but at last check there has not been a date set.

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