Voters will have the opportunity to decide if package stores can set up shop within the Newnan City Limits.
The Newnan City Council unanimously approved a measure at Tuesday’s meeting that will put the referendum on the ballot Nov. 2.
Currently, the city of Newnan prohibits the package sale of distilled spirits within city limits, which means a store that sells spirits such as whiskey, vodka, rum and other liquors, cannot be opened within the Newnan City Limits.
As a result, the nearest package stores can be found in Peachtree City, just over the Fayette County border, or in Grantville, south of Newnan, or north in Palmetto or Whitesburg.
The vote from the Newnan City Council does not mean that the city will issue business licenses to those selling distilled spirits. It means that voters in Newnan will be able to decide whether or not they would like these sales to be allowed within the city limits.
The referendum will be on the ballot in November, alongside the regular election where voters will be able to vote on their choice for Mayor as well as who will hold the two council seats from District Two.
The referendum vote is made possible by Georgia House Bill 273, which passed during the 2021 Georgia General Assembly session. Before the law change, a vote on liquor stores could only come after a petition drive. Petitions had to be sponsored by local residents and had to garner signatures from 35 percent of the registered voters in a jurisdiction.