New Ordinances Could Affect Alcoholic Beverage Licenses

May 14, 2013

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners are considering a new ordinance that would affect stores that hold alcoholic beverage licenses.

The new ordinance would require that all property taxes must be paid on the location of any business before being granted a license by the Elbert County Commission.

Elbert County Attorney Bill Daughtry explains why this change is being made.

“The reason for this, it was brought to our attention that of course obtaining a beer and wine license is a privilege and that there were incidents where alcohol was being lawfully sold by license holders where taxes were delinquent on the property they were selling it on” said Daughtry. “Since it is a privilege and not a right, then we were going to impose the requirement that any establishment where beer or wine is sold shall not have delinquent property taxes.”

The proposed ordinance was only placed on first reading, so a decision has not been made on the issue.

A vote is expected to take place during the commission’s next regular meeting in June.

In other matters, the commissioners have finally made a decision on a new tractor purchase.

Originally there were two bids that were being seriously considered back in April during a called meeting by the commission.

They were for a John Deere tractor at $68,000 and a Kubota Tractor at $61,500.

County Administrator Bob Thomas recommended going forward with purchasing the John Deere tractor, and explained why.

“Because of our familiarity with the John Deere equipment I would recommend that we purchase the John Deere, Which although was not the old bid but the fact that we have a good bit of experience with it”, said Thomas. “We also have a John Deere tractor in our fleet now and a standpoint of working on the piece of equipment for us it would be very compatible with what we are doing now.”

Commissioner Horace Harper made the motion to purchase the John Deere, and the motion passed with a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Chris Alexander and Freddie Jones voting against the purchase.