Sunday Alcohol Sales – Gadsden
Approving Sunday alcohol sales in Gadsden could have a 12-point-6 million dollar economic impact for the city. That is the overall result of an economic impact study commissioned by The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County. Jacksonville State University conducted the study and delivered it to Chamber officials on Friday. The analysis projects a 5-point-3 million dollar direct impact – and after typical spending and re-spending – a 12-point-6 million dollar total impact. The study also projects more than $400,000 in new tax revenue for the city and the creation of 420 new jobs. The economic Impact study was part of a set of criteria that State Senator Phil Williams asked for in order for him to not block a bill to allow a vote on the issue. A bill to allow the Gadsden City Council to call for that vote has already been advertised by Representative Craig Ford and is expected to be introduced in the legislature later this week.