A referendum on whether to allow package alcohol sales in Georgetown will be held July 31.
Scott County Judge-Executive George Lusby said Thursday that he has set the date for the local option election, based on the Scott County Clerk's certification of signatures on a recently submitted petition calling for a vote on the issue.
The petition was circulated by the Georgetown Economic Development Committee, a group of local business owners. They needed at least 1,296 signature to get the proposition placed on the ballot.
Rodney Vinegar, chairman of the economic development committee, has said that the group's goal is to keep more revenue in Georgetown, rather than having residents drive to Fayette County to buy alcohol. It could be a key to the city's long-term economic health, he said.
After a history of rejecting alcohol sales, Georgetown voters approved by-the-drink alcohol sales at larger restaurants in 2000. Package sales, however, remained prohibited.
Thursday afternoon, Lusby declined to speculate on whether there will be aggressive opposition to the new package sales proposal, or whether resistance in Georgetown has mellowed since the approval of restaurant sales a dozen years ago.
"I think it will be an important election; I don't know if it will be hot or cold," he said. "It's too early to tell what kind of support or opposition there will be. But I presume there will be some of both."
Vinegar said last week that he had heard of no opposition to expanded sales, but added that he's sure it is there.