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Citizen speaks to Johnson County commissioners about loss of Sunday beer sales revenue to other counties

By Rebecca Herman

The Johnson County Commission met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, December 15; all commissioners were present. Senator-elect Jon Lundberg was also present at the December meeting. “I told you that if I won, I wouldn’t be a stranger…I look forward to working with you and for you because your success is my success,” he said to the commissioners.  Lundberg gave the commissioners his personal cell phone number and encouraged them to call him whenever they needed to. Mayor Potter hand delivered the sales tax resolution, which had previously been voted on my commissioners, for Lundberg to take to Nashville.
After a quick recess for an executive session, Al Gryder spoke to the commission about animal control issues in the county. Gryder presented the commission with a formal letter requesting that written guidelines be created in order for citizens to know how to handle stray and wandering animals. Gryder said that he feels there is, “no consistency in how the police deal with calls and no place to take animals that are picked up.”
The next citizen to address the commissioners was Scott Genaille, who spoke about taxes. Genaille said that he spent one hour on two Sundays at locations in Carter County and Damascus, Virginia that sell beer on Sunday. Within that one-hour period, 21 Johnson County vehicles purchased beer at the Carter County location. Twelve cars from Johnson County and 14 cars from North Carolina went to the location in Damascus, Virginia. Genaille said explained that he felt that the county could have benefited from those sales if Johnson County were to have beer sales on Sunday. He also said that many of these costumers purchased other goods and lottery tickets while in these locations, so not only was the county and state losing tax sales, but the education fund, through the sale of lottery tickets, was also losing money. Genaille ended by holding up the United States Constitution and saying that the document begins with “we the people,” so in this case, “you need to allow the people to vote.”
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