Longview group forms to expand alcohol sales in city

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 2:55pm

A Political Action Committee in Longview has formed to expand the sale of alcohol to other parts of the city.

"Longview United for Growth Committee" announced the group's formation Tuesday afternoon. A release from the organization says they plan to ask voters to support limited alcohol sales for the current boundaries of Longview.

LUGC's goal is to collection 6,000 signatures of registered Longview voters on a petition calling for the election in May 2013.

The petition will allow a vote for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.

Longview alcohol sales are based on elections held after Prohibition that legalized sales on the southern and eastern part of the city to the Gregg-Harrison County line. In 2007, Longview citizens voted to allow mixed beverage alcohol sales in restaurants.

The PAC claims based off of a 2008 report by Texas Economist Ray Perryman, sales in a city the size of Longview could create as much as $42 million in annual spending, over 400 jobs and nearly $1 million per year in local sales tax revenues. The group does admit these numbers are based on the entire Longview population and could be skewed.

An outside group, Texas Petition Strategies of Arlington, is being brought in to conduct the petition drive.

You can see Longview United's release and map in the below attachment.

Longview PAC Announcment.pdf113.87 KB
Longview Wet-Dry Map Historic 2012.pdf385.4 KB

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