Burnet County voters pass liquor-by-the-drink measure

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BURNET — Burnet County voters approved Nov. 3 a measure that will allow businesses and restaurants in unincorporated portions of the county to sell liquor by the drink.

The proposition passed 3,311 to 1,031. It creates a more uniform standard for businesses seeking the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s approval for liquor-by-the-drink sales. Previously, there were several different scenarios on how businesses and restaurants went about applying through the TABC depending on where they were located in Burnet County.

This proposition also applies to the city of Bertram and other areas within municipalities where those cities had annexed land that wasn’t included in their local option ordinance.

Proponents of the measure say it will have an economic benefit for the county.

In Horseshoe Bay, voters re-elected Steve Jordan as mayor. He was unopposed. They also elected Cynthia Clinesmith and Reagan Lambert to join the city council.

Spicewood area voters approved a local sales and use tax for Emergency Services District No. 9. State law allows local entities to ask voters for a maximum of up to 2 cents on the dollar for local sales taxes. The funds would allow the ESD to provide support and training for the emergency services in the area.

Voters in Burnet and Llano counties also favored the seven Texas Constitution amendments on the ballot. The seven proposed amendments passed statewide.

Go to www.sos.state.tx.us, burnetcountytexas.org or www.co.llano.tx.us for more information and election returns.

These results are based on “unofficial” election returns. The returns aren’t official until local bodies such as the commissioners courts or city councils canvas the results.

editor@thepicayune.com

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