Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this afternoon that he intends to sign the measure passed by City Council on Tuesday that would allow a November referendum on whether to permit the Sunday sale of alcohol in grocery and other retail outlets.
“I’m going to sign it. What I’ve said all along regarding Sunday sales is that, though I am personally opposed to the measure, I’m going to respect the will of the Atlanta City Council.
“I have a great deal of respect for Council member Alex Wan. He is the author of this legislation that was passed overwhelmingly by council. I’m going to sign it today.”
The referendum will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, in conjunction with a vote to extend the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools, and fill a vacant seat on the city school board.
As one of you below has already noted, if large crowds are drawn to the polls for the Sunday sales issue — that may not bode well for an extension of the school sales tax (which also applies to the Fulton and DeKalb county systems).
Which wouldn’t break the hearts of those who support next year’s transportation sales tax.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider