Town Council votes in special meeting to say “no” to proposed changes in alcohol sales

Town Council votes in special meeting to say “no” to proposed changes in alcohol sales
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By David Rogers. March 5, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — CLICK HERE to view the resolution prepared by Town staff and adopted by Blowing Rock’s Board of Commissioners in opposing proposed North Carolina legislation may portend an end of government-controlled alcohol distribution sales, if passed.

At the very least, the proposed legislation seeks a merger of smaller ABC boards, which could cut deeply into the revenue streams of smaller municipalities.

The Town of Blowing Rock’s adopted resolution (CLICK HERE) is almost an exact copy of other resolutions passed in other areas of the state. Resort communities on the beach and in the mountains would be especially hard hit if squeezed out of the liquor sales-related revenue stream.

The only material difference between Blowing Rock’s resolution and those adopted by other resort or vacation communities is a report on the contributions from ABC boards to the local municipality. For Blowing Rock, one of the passages in the resolution reports that each year the local ABC distributes a minimum of $50,000 to the Town of Blowing Rock and over the previous 15 years the annual amounts, in aggregate, total approximately $6 million.

Who gets the alcohol-related sales revenue and how it is distributed are of course at the heart of the legislation.

Blowing Rock’s legislative body seeks to join forces with the Town of Boone, according to a public notice received on Tuesday afternoon from Blowing Rock Town Clerk Hilari Hubner. If Boone agrees, then the language of this resolution will be modified to reflect the alliance.

Proponents of the legislation claim that the state’s regulations governing the sale of alcohol are outdated and need to be modernized. Opponents of the legislation (supporters of the status quo) suggest that North Carolina’s current system achieves public health, safety, and revenue objectives far better than privatized systems in other states.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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