How Do Alcohol Sales Help Poinsett County?

November 29, 2006 -- Posted at 3:30 p.m. CST

Harrisburg -- The doors to Louies Liquor, in Waldenburg, open many times each day.

It's the last stop for liquor heading north on Highway 49 in wet Poinsett County before entering dry Craighead County.

Doyle Hillis is the Poinsett County Judge.

"There's no question about it, it helps financially," said Hillis.

Hillis admits that not everyone in Poinsett County is in favor of alcohol sales, but, he adds, "of course, the voters voted that in, and alcohol brings in a lot of tax revenue to Poinsett County," said Hillis.

The sale of alcohol in Poinsett County is big business.

For every alcohol sale, the county gets one cent off of every dollar.

The money is then divided between all of the cities in Poinsett County.

"Basically it all goes into a general fund and then it's dispersed from the general fund to wherever we need it.....the sheriff's office, and whatever it takes to run the county.   It will also help the landfill, the clerks, the treasurer, etc," said Hillis.

Another question raised is if dry counties like Craighead County continue to see more alcohol permits issued, how will that effect the economy of Poinsett County?

"I'm not saying that we don't have any private club members from Poinsett County that go to Jonesboro, but I don't think it's significant enough to make a big difference in the sale of alcohol itself," said Hillis.

Judge Hillis believes anything they sell in Poinsett County that brings in even a penny, they need it, that includes alcohol.