'Our Community, Our Dollars' fails to get alcohol initiative on November ballot

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Residents in Craighead County will not vote on an alcohol initiative in November, according to Our Community, Our Dollars President Jay Allen. The effort failed by nearly 4,000 signatures.

Allen said in a statement, "Effective today, the Our Community, Our Dollars ballot question committee will no longer pursue our initiatives in Craighead and Faulkner counties to provide voters there an opportunity to vote on whether the counties should be wet or dry."

According to Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday, the organization submitted 21,180 signatures but more than 5,000 signatures were rejected.

Our Community, Our Dollars wanted to legalize retail alcohol sales in Craighead County, however, Holliday said zero additional petitions were submitted.

To get the issue on the ballot, the organization would have had to get 38% of registered voters to sign the petition.

After the initial July 7th deadline, Local Citizens for Safety and Prosperity Chairman Brian Richardson said most Craighead County residents do not support legalized alcohol sales.

"The outside corporate groups have spent well over a million dollars here and they still fell barely 25% short of their minimum goal," said Brian Richardson.

Our Community, Our Dollars spent one-million dollars in Craighead, Faulkner and Saline Counties, according to the latest Ethics Commission financial filings.

Our Community, Our Dollars claimed Thursday that enough signatures were gathered in Saline County; however, the county clerk must verify the additional petitions.

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