Friday, April 5, the town of Senatobia, Miss., in dry Tate County, is going we as the sale of alcoholic beverages will become a reality in Senatobia.
Residents voted in November 2012 under a new Mississippi law that allows certain municipalities to legally sell alcohol even though they are in dry counties.
Senatobia restaurant owners and city leaders are ecstatic about getting the extra income.
Mayor Alan Callicott says he has a lot of places the extra tax revenue can go in Senatobia from beer, wine and liquor sales, "the money will go straight into our general funds, where we use the money for police, fire, streets, the public library and the running of city hall. Trust me, we will find somewhere to put it."
Callicott says he does not think that alcohol sales in the city will cause need for an increase in law enforcement in town. Residents in Senatobia were already getting it before it became legal.
"You could actually leave our city on the southern boundary and be in Panola County in five minutes and be at one of the county line beer stores and we have opportunities that are very close to us, and we felt like those were sales that we weren't able to capture in the city limits," said Mayor Callicott. "It's hard to put down how much revenue we were losing, we will see that shortly, when we begin sales. We felt like we were losing opportunity and we wanted our restaurants and business owners to be able to have the new opportunity economically for them to be successful."
Several light wine and beer permits have been put in, as well as some liquor permits as well.
"We've gotten notification on two liquor stores, package stores that have made application," the mayor added. "We have heard there are a few more that we have been notified about."
Several restaurants have put in for permits also.
While alcohol sales are legal in Senatobia starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 5. The rest of Tate County will remain dry.