Marshall 1st VOTE YES on July 17

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Alcoholic beverage sales currently provide a major boost to the economies of surrounding counties.  Several establishments that sell alcoholic beverages are conveniently located just inside the borders of those surrounding counties to attract residents and tourists of Marshall County.  This tactic has worked successfully for many years, and millions of dollars continue to flow out of our communities.  That’s money that could be helping us.  Marshall 1st believes in the local sale of alcoholic beverages, to KEEP THE MONEY HERE.  The sale of alcohol IS economic development.  And in the same effort, our county has the option to impose a tax that will create revenue for our local law enforcement and supporting agencies to control the alcohol and drugs that are currently present in Marshall County.  Economic growth and stricter law enforcement creates a brighter tomorrow for Marshall County!

JULY 10, 2012 EXCITING NEWS: Spencer Balentine, one of Marshall 1st and owner of Silver Trail Distillery, was just award the most prestigious, Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards for his LBL "Most Wanted" Moonshine! Spencer received the GOLD award for his family legacy of moonshine. This is an INTERNATIONAL AWARD! Congratulations, Mr. Balentine!!!! Marshall County is very honored to have you representing our county, internationally! Here is a copy of the 2012 Awards:

ON JULY 17, 2012 MARSHALL COUNTY WILL VOTE ON REPEALING PROHIBITION ACROSS THE COUNTY. Now is the time to Learn the Facts on what this can do for Marshall County. Make an educated decision and VOTE YES for PROGRESS!

Marshall County residents spent more than $3.6 million in 2010 on alcoholic beverages that were brought back into the county for consumption at home according to Buxton, a leading consumer analytics firm supplying data to chambers through an agreement with TVA’s Economic Development Department. Why are we sending our hard earned dollars and taxes to surrounding communities? Now add on the tourists that spent $108 MILLION in Marshall County in 2011 and how much they purchase to bring into our dry county. This is a LOT of money being spent with our neighbors in surrounding counties.

Let's clear up some of the FALSE INFORMATION being advertised:
There will be NO BARS in MARSHALL COUNTY. The KY Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control stated this, and we are quoting:

KRS 243.230(1) provides that LD icenses may only be issued to premises located within first, second, or third class cities, or in counties containing a first, second, or third class city. Since Marshall County does not contain a 3rd class city, NO LD licenses would be available." To clarify, LD licenses are required for bars. The ABC Commissioner also stated that the laws are all but impossible to change and assured us we will not have bars in our county from voting YES. Do people really consider Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse bars? My children and grandchildren have never been influenced by anything negative from these types of RESTAURANTS. There are bar licenses and there are restaurant licenses. Two DIFFERENT businesses and we can NOT have bars. MARSHALL 1st continues to take the stand that we do NOT want bars in our county.

Marshall County already has ordinances against this! Look up Ordinance Marshall County Fiscal Court Ordinance #05-02. Marshall 1st researched this in advance so as to protect our community.

Licensee fees can be used for the general fund.
There are two kinds of "License Fees" with the ABC. One is restricted for law enforcement and one can be for the general fund according the the KY State ABC General Counsel, Steve Humphress. We are quoting him, "LICENSEE fees that can be charged are set by statute in KRS 243.060, but KRS 243.075 permits wet counties whose largest city is a 3rd or 4th class city to also charge an additional regulatory license fee that is set by the county as necessary to properly regulate and police alcoholic beverage sales in the county. Benton is only a 4th class city so Marshall County could levy this additional fee. LICENSEE FEES CAN BE USED FOR ANYTHING. KRS 243.075 regulatory license fees are restricted to regulating and policing alcohol sales but governments generally pay police and government officials with these restricted funds so as to free up general funds already being paid to them."

Did you know that Marshall County has the THE HIGHEST rate of alcohol convictions relating to accidents in the entire state of KY according to the KY Transportation Center's Analysis of Traffic Crash Data (2005-2009)? Marshall had 19.1 annual average alcohol convictions per 1,000 licensed drivers. McCracken only had 9.8 and Calloway had 10.8. How does our dry county have the highest rate over every other county in KY? Could this be another sign that prohibition does not work? The U.S. repealed prohibition in 1933 because it failed. Now it is time for Marshall County to do the same.

Danville, KY Prospers with an additional $19,000,000 in Revenue Due to Voting Yes
UPDATE FOR DANVILLE: See the official LICENSE FEES/TAXES COLLECTED now totalling over $800,000!
Jody Lassiter, President/CEO of the Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Partnership states he is very happy with the improvement that alcohol sales has brought to Danville. Alcohol sales started July 1, 2010 and through April 30, 2012 it has generated $19,000,000 in additional revenue for Danville. Along with this dramatic increase in revenue, the city of Danville experienced a $900,000 increase in tax revenue. Danville chose to use this for public safety freeing up a like amount of the general fund to use on other things, such as a new waste water treatment plant that is currently under construction. They have expanded the police department and are adding equipment that will aid them in Alcohol Awareness training. They are also buying a SIDNE simulator that will demonstrate the effects of alcohol on driving to young people. They have added two new police officers that had been budgeted before the vote but could not be hired due to budget constraints. Also, they have experienced fewer DUI's and have shown no increase in alcohol related social issues, alcohol abuse or drunkenness. Read the rest of the article and what retail stores have opened their doors in Danville...

Elizabethtown, KY reported on June 4, 2012 that the city has projected revenues of $596,500 in alcohol license and regulatory fees for the 2012-13 budget. Another proven fact!


Madisonville, TX had a 16% drop in alcohol related crime one year after voting wet according to Police Chief George Sweetin. Read how their sales are up and crime is down!

Dry Counties Show Higher Rates of DUI-related Crashes by Adam Sulfridge, The Times-Tribune Corbin, KY
Kentucky State Police records show an interesting trend in the number of alcohol-related vehicle crashes in the area — dry counties generally have higher rates of DUI-related crashes than their “moist” neighbors. Read the full story...

Consideration of driver home county prohibition and alcohol-related vehicle crashes
This study examines the characteristics of alcohol-related crashes in wet versus dry counties in the state of Kentucky, USA and incorporates the location of driver residences through use of geographic information system (GIS) analysis. Read the full abstract...

Tourism in Marshall County is responsible for an economic impact of $108,000,000 spent in our county.  According to the 2010 Gallup Poll, 67% of Adult Americans drink alcohol.  That means that 67% of our tourists are purchasing alcohol outside of our county.  We see this every day.  Surrounding counties make the profit and our county pays to dispose of the trash.  There is something wrong with this picture.

There are over 30,000 people in Marshall County.  If only 15% go to Paducah once a month and spend $100 on alcoholic beverages, that is $450,000 a month, $5,400,000 per year.  These are extremely low percentages.  In reality, we feel this number should be doubled or more, but we are going to use conservative figures.  Now add in the tourists that are already spending $108,000,000 in Marshall County and 67% of them are spending additional money in purchasing their beverage of choice for vacation in a surrounding county.  These numbers are going to be huge.  This is not about drinking.  This is not creating more alcohol consumption.  This is about what is happening every day, and has been happening since 1937.   This is about keeping MILLIONS of dollars currently being spent elsewhere, in our county and using the tax dollars to make Marshall County a better place to live and raise our families. 

The city of Murray started serving alcohol in April, 2001. From 1997 to 2010, DUIs in Calloway County dropped from 296 to 241 and Marshall County’s DUIs rose from 168 to 194. Trigg County starting selling alcohol in 2010 and their DUIs dropped from 110 in 2009 to 85 in 2010. BUT, anyone can pick and choose a year to report and slant it to their opinion. These statistics involve more than a black and white picture for the wet/dry issue. Read the facts....

April 16, 2012 Marshall County Tourism Board Adopts Updated Resolution on Support of Legalized Alcohol Sales by Misti Drew of Marshall County Daily
The Marshall County Tourist & Convention Commission Board “recognizes that the lack of legalized alcohol is a significant impediment to the success and expansion of tourism-related economic development in Marshall County that otherwise might be possible. Read the full story...

According to the USDA Economic Research Data Sets, Calloway County was ranked number 4 in 2010 Kentucky Counties with the lowest unemployment rate with an unemployment rate of 8.7%. Read the full story...


The sale of alcohol IS economic development.