City alcohol issue to appear on June 4 general election ballot
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:30 AM
A petition requesting a city-wide referendum on alcohol sales will be placed on the June 4 ballot, following action Tuesday night by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen unanimously approved for the measure, spearheaded by the group Philadelphia For a Vote, to appear on the general election ballot.
Spokesperson Jeremy Chalmers told aldermen that the new state law allows registered voters in municipalities with populations of at least 5,000 to present a petition to a city board, calling for a vote on the alcohol issue.
Should an election be ordered, the new law outlines the wording that would appear on the ballot: "For the legal sale of alcoholic liquors" or "Against the legal sale of alcoholic liquors."
If voters approve the sale of liquor here, it would be up to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to set guidelines.
The board could restrict the sale to restaurants and/or allow it to be sold in package stores.
Under the new law, residents of the county would not have a vote on the referendum.
The old law required liquor elections to be countywide even though liquor can be sold only within municipal boundaries.
Recently, voters in Corinth overwhelmingly approved the sale of liquor and wine in the first election under the new state law