Given that both the city and county collect a 6-percent tax on the gross sales of alcohol in their respective jurisdictions, that means there have been more than $1.5 million in alcohol sales in the county and city since late January/early February.
The county, to date, has collected $76,199 since that time, and collected $9,866 in October alone, according to Trigg County’s Alcohol Beverage Control web site, located at http://www.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that since July 15, the city of Cadiz has collected $18,581 from the sale of alcohol and $5,090 in October alone.
In the Sept. 29, 2009 special election, the county voted by 36 votes to repeal prohibition, and in December 2009, the Trigg County Fiscal Court voted to enact an ordinance regulating the sale of alcohol.
The Cadiz City Council voted to have its own alcohol ordinance, and the city started collecting taxes on the gross sales of alcohol from establishments in Cadiz in July 15, when the city became a Class Four city.
Like the county, the city collects the tax on gross alcohol sales on the 15th of the next month, and most pay on time, although a couple of businesses are a day or two late at times, said Alexander.
Of the establishments that serve alcoholic beverages – El Bracero Mexican Restaurant, most of the convenience stores and liquor stores like Trigg County Liquors and Main Street Liquors – fall within the city limits, while Timbers, a few convenience stores and liquor stores like Trip’s and Higgins, are in the county, said Jay Geiger, the county’s ABC administrator.
Alexander also said there hasn’t been much of a change in the crime rate in the city since the start of the sale of alcohol.
Trigg County Sheriff Randy K. Clark said that overall crime in the county hasn’t increased either, and that specifically, he hasn’t seen an increase in alcohol-related incidents, such as driving under the influence.
Last Monday, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) sent a letter to manufacturers, distributors and retailers of malt beverages asking that they voluntarily discontinue the sale and distribution of caffeinated alcoholic beverages.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a news release warning “… four companies that the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages is an ‘unsafe food additive’ and said that further action, including seizure of their products, is possible under federal law.” The full news release can be viewed online at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm234109.htm
“It is the mission of ABC to combat underage drinking and protect the public from possible dangers,” said ABC Malt Beverage Administrator Stephanie Stumbo. “This voluntary action by the malt beverage industry is necessary while we await further information from the FDA on the safety of these drinks.”
The beverages in question include Four Loko, Joose, Moonshot, Lemon Lime Core Spiked, Max and Core High Gravity HG.
Peter Erwin of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control contributed to this story.