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Change could soon be on way in Eastland County in wake of alcohol elections

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 07 2012 08:08:20 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2012 09:57:20 AM CST

Eastland could soon be a wet county.

According to complete but unofficial vote totals, propositions to legalize alcohol sales in parts of the county passed during Tuesday’s election – and some big changes will be the way if vote totals become official next week.

Cisco City Manager Jim Baker said it will probably take six months to a year for the propositions to become fully established once the votes are certified.

"There's probably four businesses that are thinking about relocating to the city of Cisco," Baker said.

"It'll help our economy. We will be getting taxes from liquor sales, taxes from a bar. everything about it is positive," Cisco resident Rich Billings said.

Baker said if the history of other towns going wet is any indication, alcohol sales would generate around $25,000 per year and an additional $75,000 to $100,000 in sales tax revenue. He said the town will benefit economically in other ways as well. 

"People tend to buy food, fuel, alcohol, all at one time," said Baker.

However, not everyone's excited about the passing of the propositions. Some people are worried about alcohol being accessible to the younger crowd – or about a possible increase in crime.

"My reaction? Live with it and do the best we can," Cisco resident Janice Hobbs said.

But for the most part, people in Cisco are ready and willing to embrace the change.

"Very good. I'm opening a bar," Billings said.