Your opinion: Feb. 27, 2016

Published 4:00 pm Monday, February 29, 2016

Dear Citizens of Sumter County:
The mission of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce is to provide opportunities and support for the growth and prosperity of local business and industry. As the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary date draws near on March 1, the Sumter County Chamber Board of Directors would like to encourage not only the business community, but all citizens of Sumter County to go out, get engaged and vote!
While it is critical to have a voice in the future direction of our country, it is equally necessary to engage and weigh-in on local issues of importance as well. On the March 1 ballot are two resolutions which address referendums directly related to the sale and consumption of what is commonly referred to as “Sunday alcohol sales.” The first is to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption “on premise,” on Sundays — or “liquor by the drink,” at restaurants throughout the County. The second would allow for the sale of alcohol by the package on Sundays through retailers; such as package stores, gas stations, and other commercial and retail establishments.
As the Chamber of Commerce, we ask that you get engaged and vote your individual preference. As representatives of the voice of the business community, we understand the impacts these decisions can have on Sumter County. Sunday alcohol sales have both social and financial implications for our community — additional revenue can be generated for our local governments through increased sales tax, as well as position our community more competitively when compared to neighboring communities for retail recruitment, hoteliers, and the larger tourism industry. However, we simply ask that you vote your conscience. The outcome of these decisions can affect the prosperity of Sumter County; therefore, it is vital that the citizens of Sumter County evaluate the issues and provide input.
We believe that Sumter County is a great place to live, work and play; and would encourage you to invest in our thriving community by weighing in on the issues.
If you need any additional information about the upcoming referendums or elections, please contact the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 229.928.4580.
Thank you for your interest and consideration,
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors