It will take more than 21,000 signatures before voters in McKinney can decide whether they want to allow the sale of packaged liquor in the city, and projections indicate the target will be met with around 1,000 to spare.
In November, a group of residents, businesses and community leaders announced the launch of a local petition campaign that, if enough people supported it, would trigger an election that would ask McKinney voters to decide if they wanted to. authorize the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption outside establishments.
The electoral element, if passed, would expand the current McKinney Act, which currently permits the sale of beer and wine in grocery or convenience stores as well as the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants, to include the licensing of stores of fine wines and conditioned spirits. In a previous interview, Lisa Hermes, president and CEO of the Mckinney Chamber of Commerce, said McKinney is expected to record around $ 1.3 million in additional sales tax revenue if the measure is passed. .
The petition needs 21,847 signatures to trigger the vote.
Hermes told the McKinney Courier-Gazette on Thursday that projections indicate the group is on track to collect a gross total of more than 36,000 signatures, with the hope that after going through a verification process, more than 23,000 will be considered valid. Signatories to the petition must have been registered as McKinney voters by November 17.
“We plan to go to the city secretary’s office with these 23,000 signatures on Jan. 14 and then hand them over,” Hermes said.
This timing will prove essential for the group ä¸ Jan. The 14th is the last day the petition can be handed in to get the article on a ballot for the May election.
While the real deadline for submitting the petition is January 18, submitting signatures after January 14 would push the article to the November election ballot due to state demands.
With the group collecting around 1,400 to 1,600 signatures per day, Hermes said there had been more than 28,000 raw signatures collected as of Wednesday morning. Based on the validity rates and estimates, she said nearly 17,000 of them are considered valid.
âWe really saw a really good response and a lot of interest and people wanting to sign the petition,â she said. âIt is high time we kept our local sales tax money. We have people with money going to other communities who should stay here and help our city fund municipal services that are vital to our community.
McKinney City Secretary Empress Drane told members of McKinney City Council on Tuesday that city staff would have about 30 days to verify petition signatures.
“We have enough time, we are comfortable with the number of staff we have to do it and our expertise to do it, and in the end, this is the most efficient use of our resources. “said Drane.