Study: Alcohol sales can bring money, jobs to dry districts

8 Oct

 From the Dallas Morning News today:

Study: Alcohol sales can bring money, jobs to dry districts 6:35 AM CT


06:37 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 8, 2008



By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News


Cities that lift their bans on alcohol sales stand to gain millions of dollars in new spending and potentially create hundreds of new jobs, according an economic and fiscal impact study being released today.

Waco economist Ray Perryman is scheduled to talk about his findings at meetings this morning in Weatherford and Irving. Voters in both cities will decide next month whether to ease restrictions on alcohol sales.

Alcohol propositions are on also the ballots in Southlake, Melissa, Greenville, Roanoke, Waxahachie and Fort Worth, where some annexed areas are dry. There are at least 18 wet-dry elections on Nov. 4 ballots in Texas.

The identity of the organization sponsoring the study was not immediately available; however, a summary of the report was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Texas Hospitality Association. The industry group was formed in 2007 to represent businesses that sell alcohol and is sponsoring Dr. Perryman’s appearances today.

Based on past economic activity, Dr. Perryman calculated the expected economic changes likely to occur when cities of varying sizes change from “dry” to “wet.”

A city of 25,000 would likely see a $19 million increase in spending and the creation of 185 new jobs, according to the report summary. A city with 100,000 residents would add $90 million to the economy and generate 860 new jobs. A city of 150,000 would expect a $134 million increase in spending and the addition of 1,400 new jobs.

The calculations assumed that the smallest city has an average per capita income 10 percent below the state average, the middle city is average, and the largest city is 20 percent above average.

The summary also reported that sales tax revenue increased by 29.7 percent in North Texas cities that recently approved alcohol sales. Sales taxes increased by 1.12 percent in the six local cities that voted to stay dry.

“The increased sales tax revenue cannot be fully attributed to adult beverages, but the positive impact modernizing these laws has had on economic activity is undeniable,” according to the association’s news release.

Opponents of local alcohol election proposals have argued that along with the increased sales tax revenue come more crime, higher law enforcement costs and lower property values.

Sue Ann Mackey, a spokeswoman for Save Our Community in Mesquite, fought against two alcohol propositions in 2007. Residents voted to allow alcohol sales in restaurants but not in stores.

Ms. Mackey said that the state benefits far more from alcohol sales than individual cities. And she said that cities strongly feel the negative effects, which can include destroyed families.

“It pulls down the stores. It pulls down the community,” Ms. Mackey said about alcohol sales.



4 Responses to “Study: Alcohol sales can bring money, jobs to dry districts”

  1. Sheila Joyce Gibbs October 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Sorry, but I agree with Ms. Mackey !!!
    Alcohol is the scourge of society, and has the apparently unknown, to many, capability of destroying anyones health, at any time, any place, without warning AND 99% without cure !!
    Everything from permanent Grand Mal Seizures, to complete deafness & blindness, rotted livers (large waiting lists for transplants), severe heart attacks/conditions, just to name some !
    What we need & hopefully we can convince our Gov’t., is mandatory Health Warning Labels on all liquor containers. It’s not going to wipe out the problem, no! But hopefully it will save many, especially our youth !!!

  2. Phil R October 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Well, if warning stickers don’t save our youth, then completely unsubstantiated reports of “permanent Grand Mal Seizures” and “complete deafness and blindness” should do the trick.

  3. Mountainboomer October 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    Yes. Liquor gave me short arms, big thighs, nearsightedness, and grays that are resistant to at-home hair dyes. What ever will I do?


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