Alcohol is served at a Greenville County restaurant. (July 8, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Greenville County Council opened up the floor for public input at Tuesday night's council meeting, and one citizen had a lot to say.
David McCraw, owner of Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House on Beacon Dr., slammed the council for not allowing Sunday alcohol sales to be included on November's ballot, instead tabling the issue and forcing citizens to draft a petition to let their voices be heard on the issue.
"You guys have failed the citizens of Greenville County," McCraw said as he addressed council members. "And I think you're gonna see it, and we're gonna continue to talk about it, but if you keep begging for money, asking for money, and you're not willing to look at ways to increase revenue - you need to look at yourself and check and see where you are."
McCraw said not allowing the public to vote on a revenue boost but making them vote on a tax increase is unfair.
McCraw and other restaurant owners gathered nearly 9,500 signatures and presented them to the County Elections office Monday. If at least 7,500 of those signatures prove to be from residents of Greenville County, Sunday sales will appear on the ballot in November.
Councilman Fred Payne has said the problem with having the issue on November's ballot is that it would be too confusing for voters, as another referendum regarding a one percent sales tax increase for roads is already set to appear on the ballot.
"Some of us feel like we're better to have only one resolution on the ballot in November from the county," Payne said back in June, when the council decided to put the brakes on the referendum.
Payne declined to clarify his comments or say anything further on the issue at Tuesday night's meeting.
The Elections Office will soon determine whether the number of signatures meets federal requirements.
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