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Boyd County approves Sunday alcohol sales

May. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages were approved Monday by the Boyd County Fiscal Court.

By a 3-1 vote, the county approved final reading of an ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales. The court also approved final reading of an ordinance setting a 3.5 percent tax on liquor sales.

"The sales could start as soon as Sunday," said Nikki Blanton, the county alcoholic beverage control administrator.

County Commissioner Tom Jackson cast the vote against the ordinance.

County Commissioner Carl Tolliver said several restaurant owners asked for the county to approve the change since they felt the ban on Sunday sales put them at a competitive disadvantage against restaurants in Ashland. The Ashland Board of City Commissioners approved a similar Sunday sales ordinance earlier this year.

The ordinance would only affect several restaurants that currently allow liquor sales. Two of them, Callahan's and Kahuna's, are located at the KYOVA Mall on U.S. 60 west of Ashland.

County Judge-Executive Bud Stevens said last month the county could have waited for a petition drive, but that could have cost up to $88,000 for a special election. "It was an economic decision," he said.