Hearing on Proposed Liquor and Bar Changes in Hours Apr. 20

by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm 93 Comments

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From Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham:

I am holding a public hearing on proposed changes to alcohol sales and taxes. The hearing will be on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building.

We will take testimony on these matters:

Proposed by the Mayor – –

§ Allow beer, wine, and liquor stores to remain open until midnight (currently 10 p.m.)
§ Increase the sales tax on off premises alcohol sales from 9% to 10%

Proposed by the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration – –

§ Allow bars to sell alcohol beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays (currently 10 a.m.)
§ Allow liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

These revenue enhancements will raise approximately $6.3 million for the city’s general fund in fiscal year 2012. The latter two proposals funding will go to support the police cost reimburseable program on weekends at the bars. The other proposals will be used as General Fund revenues.

Those wishing to testify should contact Mr. Benton Heimsath at [email protected] or at (202) 724-8191 by Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

Do you support or oppose the changes?


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