Long: Alcohol not the answer to sagging revenue – The Decatur Daily

Legalizing alcohol sales in unincorporated portions of Morgan County is not a likely option for boosting stagnant revenue and staving off budget cuts, Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said last week.

“It’s not going to be led by us by no means. We’re not going to get into that game, because at the end of the day, you wouldn’t gain a whole lot,” Long said when asked about the prospect.

The statement came after Long and other county officials warned repeatedly this year that stagnant revenue and rising expenses likely would mean budget cuts in fiscal 2018, which starts Oct. 1.

Long is expected to present this month his budget proposal for the upcoming year. The budget is expected to cut or level-fund most county departments as well as cut or eliminate funding to various nonprofit groups.

Long has ruled out an insurance premium increase for county workers but said he was not certain if the county’s 390 employees would get their first raise in two years.

Regarding the possibility of alcohol sales as a revenue source, Long said he does not consider it a viable option, because it would be unlikely to raise enough revenue to matter much.

“I don’t think it would be significant anyway out in the county, because now we have so many municipalities that have it,” he said. “We only have a few that don’t have it — Falkville, Somerville and Eva.”

Trinity and Hartselle joined the list of wet cities in the county last year, with voters in Trinity approving the measure in August and voters in Hartselle following suit in November.

Long and Commissioner Randy Vest said last week they were not aware of anyone approaching

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