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Posted: June 8, 2011 3:16 p.m.

Sunday package sales on Covington ballot

Covington residents will have a chance in the November General Election to vote on Sunday alcohol package sales.

The Covington City Council agreed Monday to place a measure on the ballot regarding package sales of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays.

"Personally, I feel that the decision should be up to the taxpayers," Councilman Chris Smith said Wednesday.

The Sunday alcohol package sales could bring extra money to the city, an effect Smith welcomes.

"I hope that through taxes we can generate more revenue," Smith said.

For years, restaurants in Covington, Porterdale, Social Circle and Newborn have been able to sell alcoholic beverages by-the-drink on Sundays, but package sales were banned under state law. The General Assembly this year passed a measure allowing local jurisdictions to vote on Sunday package sales.

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