Geneva approves alcohol sales

By Greg Phillips

Geneva voters decided overwhelmingly Tuesday to allow the sale of alcohol within the city limits.

With 946 supporting the sale of alcohol in the city and 498 opposing it, Geneva Mayor Wynnton Melton said the message was clear.

“I’m shocked, to tell you the truth. I’m not shocked at all that it went wet, but I’m shocked at the margin of victory and voter participation in a one-issue election,” Melton said. “The numbers are almost at a two-to-one ratio. It’s a very distinct message sent to the leadership of the City of Geneva that people feel strongly about this.”

The vote will have some tangible benefits for the town.

With the additional money from taxes and licenses, Melton estimated the city will see between $50,000 and $100,000 of additional annual revenue. 

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