Lancaster County residents will vote on a referendum to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday. If it passes, existing restaurants could expand operations, increasing their employment opportunities. Many restaurants in Lancaster County do not open on Sunday because of laws banning the sale of spirits. More new restaurants will open because they will be able to serve alcohol seven days a week. Lancaster County will have a much needed new source of revenue, $3,000 per restaurant, from the annual permit fee to serve alcohol beverages on Sundays.
The legal language on the referendum is very confusing. This is mandated by the State of South Carolina. “Shall the South Carolina Department of Revenue be authorized to issue temporary permits in this county for a period not to exceed twenty four hours to allow possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink to bona fide non-profit organizations and business establishments otherwise authorized to be licensed for consumption for on premises sales.”
It is a lot of words that together mean, should restaurants serve alcohol seven days a week?
Remember, if you want a meal and a glass of wine on Sunday, the restaurants in North Carolina benefit from our tax revenue.
The choice is yours.
On another note: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Halo beauty salon, 118 Academy St., suite 102, will give free haircuts if you will bring can goods or toiletry items for the Fort Mill Church of God Food Pantry. Their number is 803-547-4256 or to make an appointment, call Rachael at 803-389-0657.