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Public hearing Tuesday on proposed liquor referendum in Demorest

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Demorest voters may again decide whether to change the city’s liquor laws. A public hearing is set for Tuesday on a resolution authorizing a referendum on liquor by the drink and Sunday sales.

If the referendum makes it to the ballot it will be the second time in recent memory. In November 2015 Demorest voters defeated similar changes when 52% voted against liquor by the drink and 55% voted against Sunday sales.

At the time, Demorest Mayor Rick Austin said restaurants in Demorest are at a disadvantage when compared to those in neighboring towns with more lenient laws. He said then that the issue might resurface.

The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Demorest Municipal Building located at 125 Ivy Street (in the basement of the Demorest Fire Department).

The public is invited to attend.

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