December vote likely on Tupelo liquor bid

TUPELO – The Mississippi Tax Commission likely will vote on Tupelo’s request for Sunday liquor and wine sales in mid-December.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. sent a letter to the commission last week asking it to legalize the sale of alcohol in restaurants and clubs from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays, said city attorney Guy Mitchell.
The new hours would match those approved by the City Council in September for beer and wine cooler sales.
By law, local governments regulate beer and light wine sales while the state Tax Commission’s Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control handles liquor and regular wine.
The Tax Commission received Reed’s letter late Monday and likely will acknowledge it during its next meeting Tuesday, said agency spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury. But it won’t vote until the next meeting on Dec. 15, she said.
Typically, the three-member commission will ask ABC agents at the first meeting to investigate the request and report back. Agents will examine the requesting city’s law enforcement capabilities, the local economy and the alcohol hours in surrounding communities, among other issues, Waterbury said.
Commission members then typically vote on the request during the next meeting.
If the request is approved, the new hours will take effect immediately unless otherwise specified by the commission.

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