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Statement from "Buy Smith County" committee on passage of beer & wine sales

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***Statement from "Buy Smith County" Committee******

We are very excited about the outcome of tonight's elections.

The people have overwhelmingly stated they want to level the playing field for other Smith County businesses and encourage economic growth in all areas.

"The outcome of this election is a huge win for our community and will encourage retailers to move forward on efforts to expand to the northeast side of the county," said Robert Patterson, treasurer Buy Smith County Committee.

We expect existing stores in these areas that plan to apply for licenses will be able to begin selling after the first of the year as it typically takes from 45-60 days for the licenses to go through the proper review process.

The process entails requiring the local City Secretary and County Clerk to confirm the retailer is located in a 'wet' area and then the license goes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) for final approval.

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