City of Aurora collects signatures for alcohol election

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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The City of Aurora has moved one step closer to having an election this fall for the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages.

City Administrator Toni Wheeler said 123 Aurora citizens have signed a petition calling for the sale of alcoholic beverages. In order to have the item on the Nov. 6 ballot, the city was required to collect at least 102 signatures.

Those signatures must now be verified by the Wise County Elections Office to ensure they are all registered voters. If at least 102 signatures are verified, the city can then call a special election.

The petition was issued May 7, and the signatures are required to be collected within 60 days.

Wheeler said two alcohol-related businesses have expressed interest in locating to the city.

“We have a craft brewery and a distillery that want to come in,” she said. “And the craft brewery wants to have a farm-to-table restaurant as well.”


Voters in Precinct 2 will not have a local option election on their November ballot, it appears.

The Navigator Travel Center, located just south of Alvord, had requested and been issued a petition to collect signatures for a local option election that would permit the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.

The petition required the signatures of at least 1,180 registered voters in Precinct 2. The deadline to turn in the petition was last week.

According to the Wise County Elections Office, the petition that was turned in contained 120 signatures.

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