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January 24, 2013

Garfield County commissioners to hear presentation on allowing Sunday liquor sales

ENID, Okla. — Mike Stuber will make a presentation to Garfield County commissioners at their Feb. 4 meeting, to ask for a vote on allowing liquor sales in restaurants on Sundays.

Thirty-five counties in Oklahoma allow restaurants and clubs to serve liquor, wine and strong beer on Sundays, he said, the latest being Payne County, where voters in November overwhelmingly approved a measure to allow such sales.

“This is about restaurant and retail recruitment more than anything else,” said Stuber, who is Ward 2 Enid city commissioner. “There are restaurants that will not locate in an area that they are unable to exercise their business model to its fullest potential.”

Of the 35 counties that allow Sunday liquor sales, 23 have no restrictions as to when such sales can be made, he said. Eight allow such sales after noon, Stuber said, and the others have other time limitations.

Allowing Sunday sales would have the potential of attracting new restaurants to Enid, Stuber said.

“From an economic standpoint,” he said, “it could have quite an impact.”

More restaurant sales would mean more sales tax collections, he said, and other restaurants that currently are closed on Sundays might open to take advantage of the chance at increased business.

Stuber said he hoped the county commissioners would consider his proposal,  base their decision on economics and “let the people decide.”

The proposition in Payne County in November was approved by 61.5 percent of voters.

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