By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
The only full service restaurant in Carnesville will not be serving liquor by the drink anytime soon.
A referendum put forth by the Carnesville City Council was defeated Tuesday by a vote of 35 no to 24 yes.
The owner of the EL Perian Mexican restaurant had asked the City Council for permission to serve liquor by the drink, according to Carnesville Mayor Harris Little.
“The owner of the Mexican restaurant came before the council and asked that we approve a resolution to sell liquor by the drink and we discussed it with the city attorney and decided it would be best to put it to a vote and let the people decide,” he said Monday.
Little said if the referendum had passed, it would have meant additional sales tax revenue for the town.
He said when the town passed an ordinance several years ago allowing the sale of beer and wine at local convenience stores, revenue increased by some $25,000 a year.
Still, Little said Tuesday night he’s fine with the results.
“It didn’t make a bit of difference to me one way or the other,” Little said Tuesday night. “The great thing about America is that we get to let the people decide. I think the turn out was a little low, but the people have spoken and we’re fine with it.”
Turnout in the town of just over 500 citizens was extremely light.
Only 19 of the 350 registered voters cast an early ballot and only 40 people voted in person at the Carnesville Fire Department on Tuesday.
The city of Carnesville will not be able to bring the matter up for a vote again for another two years.