Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

May 5, 2013

Fiscal court to vote on Sunday sales

3.5 percent license fee proposed for gross alcohol sales

CATLETTSBURG — Boyd County officials are meeting Monday to vote on allowing Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants and a new a 3.5 percent tax on alcohol sales.

The Boyd County Fiscal Court gave initial approval last month to amending the existing alcoholic beverage control ordinance to allow alcohol to be served by the drink from 1 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. on Monday. The ordinance currently allows alcohol sales from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday’s for  establishments licensed under the “moist law,” which voters approved in 2007.

Boyd Commissioners voted 3 to 1 in favor of allowing Sunday sales, with Commissioner Tom Jackson casting the dissenting vote. Boyd County Judge Executive William “Bud” Stevens said he expects both measures to pass on Monday.

 The proposed 3.5 percent regulatory license fee on gross alcohol sales is expected to bring in approximately $18,000 to $20,000 in additional revenue to the county. Boyd County, outside of Ashland, had slightly more than $600,000 in alcohol sales last year, said Stevens.

Boyd County initially charged an 8 percent fee, but it was repealed. The only revenue Boyd County currently receives from alcohol sales is from the fees from the license sales, renewals and net profits taxes.

The fiscal court is meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday instead of its regular monthly meeting time on Tuesday due to the time restriction for voting on the advertised ordinances.

Stevens proposed both amendments to the alcohol ordinance in response to plans by a local restauranteur to petition for an election to approve Sunday alcohol sales following Ashland’s successful petition drive and election in February.  However, state law allows the governing bodies of cities and counties that have already voted to allow alcohol sales to approve Sunday sales without an election.

“This is something I knew was coming. When Ashland passed it overwhelmingly, I knew it was coming,” said Stevens, noting he does not expect Sunday sales to have “that large an impact on the county.” There are only four restaurants with alcohol licences in Boyd County.

 The Ashland election, which took place in two precincts, cost Boyd County tax payers $7,673.65, according to the Boyd County Clerks’ office. A county-wide Sunday sales vote would cost approximately $88,000, according to county officials. There is a minimal cost to amending the ordinance.

Tal Callihan, the owner of two Boyd County establishments, Callihan’s American Pub and Grill and R.J. Kahuna’s, has said he expects Sunday sales alone could increase annual sales at his two mall establishments by $500,000. In addition, Callihan said Sunday sales could allow him to hire additional employees.  

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0420singer2web.jpg Young Johnson singer strives for ‘tears of joy'

    Marlana VanHoose says she was humming “Jesus Loves Me” before she could even talk.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Second trial delay sought

    The lead attorney for Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has requested his client’s trial date be pushed back again.

    April 20, 2014

  • Accelerating the positive

    One thing Sherry Jacobs knows about herself is she is not a quitter.

    April 20, 2014

  • Bike season in full swing

    A recent short cold spell didn’t keep kept cyclists from venturing outdoors to explore the new bike trails snaking through Greenup County.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's happening: 4/21/14

    Fan Fest, an open house at King’s Daughters Medical center’s Specialties Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Marshall Orthopaedics, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at offices in Suite G30 of Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St.

    April 20, 2014

  • Crime victims’ group to host conference

    Kentucky Voices for Victims of Crime, an advocacy organization for those who have suffered at the hands of criminals, will have its annual memorial conference next week.

    April 20, 2014

  • Boyd FFA to have test drive fundraiser

    The Boyd County FFA Chapter will have a test-drive fundraiser at Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Ashland from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the National FFA Organization in support of local FFA chapter leadership programs.

    April 20, 2014

  • newwendy1.jpg Ashland woman develops pregnancy journals for mom, dad

    An Ashland woman has a way of helping parents everywhere.
    Wendy Sparks, 47, wrote The journals, which are for parents to keep for themselves and their children during pregnancy.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0420eggs0051.jpg Acres and acres of eggs

    A dozen volunteers spent the morning Saturday scattering more than 6,000 plastic eggs around the Greenup County Farm Bureau’s 10-acre field Saturday morning.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Volunteers to pack thousands of meals for hungry Haitians

    Members of the First Baptist Church in Grayson are planning for the third year in a row to pack thousands of meals for starving people in Haiti, and they need help to do it.

    April 19, 2014