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Caddo County to vote on liquor-by-the-drink in June

(KOKH/Shardaa Gray)

Fourteen Oklahoma counties will soon decide the future of alcohol sales.

If those counties don't pass an ordinance when the new alcohol law takes effect then restaurants and bars will no longer be able to sell beer.

Munoz Mexican Restaurant in Anadarko sells 3.2 percent beer. If residents vote no on the liquor by the drink election on June 26, then a dry county could hurt their business.

"It might mean shutting our doors and hopefully that's not what the outcome is," A Munoz employee told FOX 25.

Caddo County commissioners voted this past Monday to put liquor-by-the-drink on the ballot for the June primary.

"The voters in Caddo County will have the opportunity to determine whether or not they want to allow 'liquor by the drink' in restaurants in our county and casinos," Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn said.

Currently restaurants can sell beer that's 3.2 percent. When alcohol laws change on Oct. 1, only high-point beer will be available in Oklahoma. Counties that do not allow liquor-by-the-drink sales will no longer be able to sell 3.2 percent beer.

Not only could it put restaurant's like Munoz out of business but it could bring about a trickle down effect, impacting city and county sales tax revenue.

"There's a tax on alcohol that's collected and if that goes away, that revenue will go away. I can tell you, counties and cities right now struggle to meet their obligations because of decreasing revenue, especially in rural parts of the state," Corn said.

Caddo County residents can vote yes or no for liquor by the drink on June 26. If they vote no, then it will take another two years before it can be put back on the ballot.

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