London votes ‘yes’ on alcohol

The sale of package alcohol in the region just got a little more competitive as London voters approved a measure Tuesday night to permit sales within the city limits.

Voters passed the issue 1,105-771.

A similar proposal failed in in 2012 with 54 percent of voters casting “no” votes.

This follows a similar vote in Barbourville on Dec. 29.

“I was made aware late yesterday that the vote in London had passed by over 400 votes,” said Barbourville Mayor David Thompson. “If Corbin’s revenue is $800, 000 now, I think the voters in Barbourville and London both decided that it’s time to keep your money in your own town. But, I still wish Corbin the best of luck with what’s left.”

Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney said following the Barbourville vote that he expected it to hurt the revenue generated from the city’s alcohol taxes.

“It is just something we will have to wait and see what the impact is,” McBurney said. It is a little premature to say it is going to be X amount this or X amount that.”

Corbin brought in more than $800,000 in alcohol taxes during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Under Kentucky Law, London will qualify for three liquor stores based on its population.

The Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will determine to whom those licenses are issued after reviewing the applications.

The next step will be the London City Council to approve an ordinance outlining the sale of package liquor within the city.

There is no limit on the number of stores that may sell packaged beer. Those licenses are issued through the city’s ABC administrator.