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Signatures sought for county wet/dry vote
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:00 am (Updated: December 18, 6:02 am)
For the third time in just eight years, a petition for a countywide wet/dry vote is once again circulating.
The petition reads, “We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for an election on the following question to be held on the May 19th 2020 Primary: ‘Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County? ’”
A yes or no option is not given on the petition and is only asking those in favor to sign.
A letter of intent to initiate the petition process was filed in Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers’ office Nov. 22.
Before the option could be placed on the May 19, 2020 Primary Election ballot, Stivers said the petition must garner 933 certified signatures.
Once the number of signatures is met, the clerk’s office, along with Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, must validate each signature to make sure signees are registered to vote in Owen County.
The number of signatures needed represents 25 percent of the number of votes cast in the last general election, which Stivers said was 3, 731.
If the petition receives the number of valid signatures needed, the petition would need to be filed at the clerk’s office before it could be placed on the 2020 Primary Election ballot.
Since 2011, wet supporters have made numerous attempts to make all or parts of Owen County wet.
In 2011, 53 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the countywide wet/dry election. Voters rejected the proposal by 270 votes.
The issue went to the ballot once again in 2016, with a total of 23 votes deciding the election. The “no” vote carried every precinct except South Owen, Monterey and Gratz, as well as absentees.
In 2014, a move to make the City of Owenton moist passed by 66 votes, meaning restaurants with a seating capacity of at least 100 persons and which derive 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food may sell alcoholic beverages.
Earlier this year, the Owenton City Council voted to amend its alcohol ordinance to allow those restaurants to apply for a limited Sunday drink license. License holders may now sell liquor by the drink between the hours of 1 p. m. -10 p. m., Sunday. / I'm calling on all voters in Owen County please help make Owenton a wet county! Don't let these goody to shoes get their way to keep Owenton dry! Owenton needs to be wet period! Let's help make Owenton wet so the people in Owenton can decide if they want to purchase alcohol or not. Let's all help make this happen & vote Owenton wet! our tax dollars go to Sparta! Sparta is hoping it don't pass if it gets on the ballot. Sparta wants to keep getting Owenton tax dollars. Let's all help put a stop to Sparta getting Owen County tax dollars. Let's make 2020 the year that Owenton is voted wet!!!

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Jungle Blend

I think it would benefit Owenton greatly if Owenton was voted wet because that would mean great things for the city of Owenton. Sparta does receive Owenton tax dollars because people in Owenton go to Sparta to purchase their alcohol. If Owenton received those tax dollars from the sale alcohol, that would help Owenton out tremendously. The surrounding counties around Owenton are all wet. Frankfort, Dry Ridge, Florence & Sparta are wet counties. It has helped those counties big time. The people in Owenton want to live in the past for some reason. News Flash to Owenton residents, if you care about Owenton & want great things for the city of Owenton & want to see Owenton thrive then vote Owenton wet because like it or not, that's the only way it will ever happen!!! These goody-goody residents wants to push their views on the rest of the county so I would love to see the look on their face if Owenton is voted wet! I would laugh my ass off! I agree with alcohol, let's all help achieve this goal in making Owenton a wet county!

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Slim Jim

Yeah, putting Sparta on a pedestal like it's something Owenton should strive to be, yeah, that's a great angle. NOT! "Let's be as awesome as Sparta! " LOL! How about Midway, Paris, or Bardstown? Those are great small towns that thrive because of alcohol sales. If you're going to paint a picture, at least paint a beautiful picture.

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