Big Voter Turn Out for Liquor Sales in Henrietta

Henrietta voters have another item on the November 6th ballot whether to allow alcohol sales.

The special election came about after a petition to change the ban on alcohol and mixed beverages.

One Henrietta resident started the petition and it gained enough support to put the measure on the ballot.

There is little storage space in the refrigerator at the Quick Stop in Henrietta.

But next week workers might need more room so they can start stocking alcohol on the shelves.

The city of Henrietta is currently holding a special election for the sale of alcohol and mixed beverages.

It became a ballot measure after one resident created a petition for the sales of alcohol, something he says would give Henrietta a boost to its economy.

"We are losing a lot of tax revenue to the surrounding areas, it's not stopping anyone from drinking and we need a lot of economic growth," said Justin O'Malley, who started the liquor petition.

The petition got an overwhelming response.

O'malley only needed 35- percent of voters to sign the petition but he got about 45 percent of valid city voters.

City officials say the numbers of people who have already voted on the issue is also high.

"We have gotten over five hundred voters in which is a large interest compared to our normal city elections even are may elections for mayors and councilmen," said Kathy Mills the Henrietta city Secretary.

"If it gets voted in we are going to have to do it just to compete with the other businesses in town," said Gary Himes, the owner of the Quick Stop.

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