According to CBS Atlanta, voters in Douglasville won’t be able to decide on whether or not they can purchase alcohol on Sundays. The city council passed a ballot measure that city voters would vote upon during the November general election, but measure was vetoed by Mayor Harvey Persons. Mayor Persons also vetoed a measure that would have allowed bars to serve alcohol until 2a on Sunday morning.
The Douglasville Patch has a letter from the Mayor explaining why he vetoed both measures:
“The Douglasville Mayor has the authority to veto any action of the City Council,” reads the statement. “These two vetoes will be reported officially to the City Council during its Tuesday, May 15, legislative work session. The City Council during its regular meeting on Monday, May 21, can override each of the Mayor’s vetoes should five members vote to do so.”
“I opposed this change in the City’s current ordinance because I believe it negatively would impact the public safety of the City and would result in our streets and roads becoming more dangerous,” Persons said of extending pouring hours till 2 a.m. on Sunday.
Regarding letting voters have the chance to vote on a Nov. 6 Sunday sales referendum, the Mayor said, “I am opposed to this, and I feel there already is sufficient time during the week when people can make purchases of packaged beer, wine, and spirituous liquor.”
As stated, the City Council has the option to override one or both of the Mayor’s vetoes if they feel so inclined.