HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Stay dry, or go wet? The question of whether to allow alcohol sales in Hartselle was up to the voters for the fourth time in 12 years.
Ultimately, that answer was 'no.' Those voting to stay dry totaled 2,622; 2,391 people said 'yes.' Poll officials said there were 37 provisional ballots on the issue, which would not affect the end result.
Three times before, voters struck down alcohol sales, leaving Hartselle as the largest dry city in Alabama.
In 2002, 63 percent of Hartselle voters chose to stay dry. In 2010 that number went down to 54 percent. In 2012, it stayed at 54 percent.
The Families For a Safe Hartselle group again led the campaign against alcohol sales. They said they don't want alcohol sold in their city because of the health and crime problems associated with alcohol.
Supporters of alcohol sales contended that keeping the city dry isn't preventing people from buying it, just from buying it in Hartselle, which keeps the city from benefiting from tax revenue.
The Hartselle Citizens for Economic Development group estimated that would be up to $200,000 a year for a city government that has budget issues right now.