In January alone, the county received $734.32 in revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, and received $3,412.04 in February and $4,833.45 in March, according to the Trigg County website. Geiger said such taxes are due on the 15th of the next month, meaning taxes on January’s sale were turned in on Feb. 15 and so on.
Exact sales figures for all three months were not available at press time, but Geiger said that people purchased at least $73,000 worth of alcohol in March alone. Alcohol-selling establishments are taxed 6 percent of those sales by the county.
Of the five allowable liquor stores, one, Higgins Liquors on U.S. 68/Ky. 80 near Lake Barkley, has been open since late March, while the other four are in various stages of construction or renovation, said Geiger.
Trip’s, owned by Joey Allen, will open Saturday. Main Street Liquors, which Joey Allen is trying to buy, and Handy Korner Spirits, owned by Rick Chidester, are all in various stages of construction, Geiger added.
In late January, just four months after the county decided by 36 votes to repeal prohibition and only two months after the Trigg County Fiscal Court passed its alcohol ordinance, the trucks delivered the first cases of beer to convenience stores such as Minit Mart and Daily’s.
Not too long thereafter, the first alcoholic beverages were served at the El Bracero Mexican restaurant.