Spartanburg County voters will decide in November if alcohol sales should be allowed on Sunday after the county council passed a referendum on Monday.
The council approved the referendum with a 5-2 vote at its meeting. One of the supporters of the referendum was Councilman David Britt, who said it was important to put this issue up for public vote.
“The people of Spartanburg should have the decision-making power whether they want to have Sunday alcohol sales or not,” Britt told South Carolina Radio Network. “My choice was put it in the hands of the voters and let them decide and tell us what they want.”
According to Britt all registered county voters will be able to voice their opinion yes or no on the matter. Initially, the change would only impact unincorporated areas. Two municipalities in the county (including the city of Spartanburg) already allow Sunday sales, but all 14 of the county’s municipalities would have to decide to either opt-in or opt-out if voters approve the change.
Some opponents say towns should be able to legalize or bar the sales on their own.
“I don’t think we’ve got the right to tell the municipalities what they can or can’t do,” Councilman O’Neal Mintz said, according to the Spartanburg Herald Journal. “I haven’t had anybody in Chesnee tell me they want Sunday alcohol sales.”
Britt noted his main agenda was getting the referendum on the ballot for unincorporated areas.
“We have 14 municipalities in Spartanburg County, and 2 already have Sunday alcohol sales,” Britt said. “Based on what I have been told, that will really be up to the municipalities whether they opt in or out. That’s not my focus, my focus is the unincorporated areas of the county.”
The referendum will only allow Sunday sales in restaurants, not stores.
Patrick Ingraham filed this report