Athens City Council approves Sunday alcohol sales

Athens City Council approves Sunday alcohol sales

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - You can now buy alcohol on Sundays in Athens.

Council members voted to change the city's ordinance legalizing Sunday alcohol sales beginning July 2.

Mayor Ronnie Marks said the decision to legalize Sunday alcohol sales is to bring more money into the city. Marks said Athens receives about $650 to $700,000 dollars a year in alcohol sales revenue from local businesses. He estimates that adding Sundays would increase that amount by 20 percent.

He says the money would help fund a new rec center and offer additional revenue for the school system.

District 5 Councilman Wayne Harper was the only councilman who voted against the measure.

"Majority of those people that I've talked to that actual live in this district and voted for me are against this," said Harper. "So, I'm going to vote no."

The other four council members supported allowing businesses to sell alcohol on Sundays.

"It can bring in hotel business. It can bring in restaurant businesses," said District 2 Councilman Harold Wale. "It will bring in tax, tax and more tax."

Restaurants and other businesses can sell alcohol on Sundays from 6 a.m. until midnight.

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