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Sunday Sales, Liquor by the Drink Pass in Dacula

Council race headed for a runoff.

UPDATED 11/9/11 at 5:27 a.m.

Grocery and convenience stores within the city limits of Dacula will now be able to do something retailers in the unincorporated part of the county cannot -- sell beer and wine on Sundays.

Dacula voters passed the Sunday sales referendum by a 201 to 111 margin. The measure will allow sales of alcohol in grocery and convenience stores between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The ordinance will likely go into effect in January.

Dacula was one of several Gwinnett County cities to hold a Sunday package sales referendum. Other cities putting the issue before the voters included Loganville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Auburn, Braselton, Lawrenceville, Snellville, Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Grayson, Sugar Hill and Norcross. All voted to allow Sunday sales.

Gwinnett County chose not to hold a Sunday package sales referendum during this election. As a result, grocery, package and convenience stores in unincorporated parts of the county will be unable to sell alcohol on Sundays while most city retailers will now be able to do so.

The other alcohol related referendum on the Dacula ballot -- Sunday sales of liquor by the drink -- passed 198 to 115. Previously, Dacula restaurants were unable to serve distilled spirits on Sunday. The new ordinance will allow sales on Sunday between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Two council races were also on the ballot in the Dacula municipal elections. , who ran unopposed, will serve another term. The race between incumbent councilman , political activist Vanessa Green and former Dacula councilman Hubert Wells is headed for a runoff. Montgomery and Wells received the most votes and will face each other in the runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Unofficial results show Montgomery received 132 votes, Wells 103 and Green 65.

In total, 314 -- or 12.4 percent -- of the city's 2,533 registered voters participated in the Dacula municipal elections.

County Voters Pass E-SPLOST

Despite solid opposition, the 1 percent E-SPLOST, or education special purpose local option sales tax, will be in place for another five years. Just over 60 percent of county voters cast ballots in favor of the E-SPLOST, also known as SPLOST IV.

SPLOST IV is expected to raise $858.9 million revenue and fund projects including:

  • Five new schools, one bus facility and nine additions
  • Air conditioning for all middle and high school gyms and all elementary activity buildings
  • Significant technology upgrades
  • Previously postponed facility improvements

In the Dacula cluster, SPLOST IV will fund technology upgrades throughout the cluster as well as specific improvements at several schools. SPLOST IV will provide funding for air conditioning at , , , and . The funding will also go towards energy efficiency improvements at several schools and a 20-classroom addition at Alcova.

Similar upgrades are planned in the Mill Creek cluster. Gym air conditioning is proposed for , Jones Middle School, Harmony Elementary School, Ivy Creek Elementary, Patrick Elementary, , , and . Energy efficiency upgrades and technology upgrades are also planned.

Missy P. November 09, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Sadly, the fact that GA passed the Sunday alcohol sales made the front page of CNN.com. I'm sure the rest of the country thinks we're crazy to have it be illegal for so long. Very excited to see the eSPLOST passed! : D
Deborah November 09, 2011 at 08:36 PM
I am confused about incorporated and unincorporated areas of Dacula. What areas are unincorporated?
Kristi Reed (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Hi Deborah - There is a large area that has a Dacula mailing address (the 30019 zip code). Though you may live in 30019 and have a Dacula mailing address, that does not mean you are actually a City of Dacula resident. If you are not sure whether or not you are a city resident, chances you are not. Residents in the city limits have city trash pickup and pay city taxes. If you do not receive a tax bill from the city of Dacula, then you are probably a resident of unincorporated Dacula and pay county taxes only (city residents pay city and county taxes).
Mitch November 09, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Am I correct to assume the Publix and new Kroger on Dacula Rd are in the city limits and will be selling alcohol on Sundays? My outdated map makes it hard to determine for sure.
Kristi Reed (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Yes, as soon as the ordinance goes into effect.

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