Randolph County lost money for not being "wet"

Randolph County lost money for not being "wet"

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A study revealed that Randolph County would have been making millions of dollars if it was a "wet" county.

A new study done by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research showed that if Randolph County would have been a "wet' county in the year 2015, alcohol sales would have been impacted countywide by $1.2 million.

Researchers took the data from 2014-2015 to estimate the amount of liquor Randolph county residents purchased if they had been able to buy in their home county.

"We have long known that by remaining a dry county, we are sending thousands and thousands of dollars out of our community every year", said Linda Bowlin, chairman of Keep Revenue in Randolph County.

"These numbers confirm that the potential impact on our community is enormous," Bowlin said.

According to a study, in 2015, there would have been more than $3.3 million in alcohol sales in Randolph County, generating an additional 1.4 percent in sales tax revenue.

Meaning it would have brought an additional $107,508 into the county and city with sales tax dollar

It would have also created 19 local jobs and a labor income of nearly half a million dollars.

"With the study showing such a large economic benefit from alcohol sales, we believe it is even more important than ever for local residents to have the opportunity to vote on this issue," said Bowlin. "It's not just about the initial alcohol purchase, though. Consider the ripple effect those dollars then have throughout the community. Right now, our money circulates around and around in other counties. We want to keep revenue in Randolph County, and this study shows it will truly have an impact."

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