Broaddus voters will decide on wet/dry initiative on the ballot

W. D. Lacy, Broaddus property developer for wet city
W. D. Lacy, Broaddus property developer for wet city
Mayor William Barth, against wet city
Mayor William Barth, against wet city

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – W.D. Lacy is a familiar face in San Augustine County politics.  He's no stranger to defeat, but thinks things are looking up for his efforts to pass wet laws.

"I tried twice in this county in the precincts, but it didn't go. So I thought I'd try it here in the city of Broaddus," said W.D. Lacy, Broaddus property developer and resident.

Allowing businesses to sell alcohol, Lacey says will bring in revenue during tough economic times.

"Instead of them going across the bridge and giving all the tax money way over there why not have it here in San Augustine County and hopefully, we won't raise some these taxes in the future," said Lacy.

He says liquor stores could add desperately-needed jobs in the city.

"You're looking at 8... 10 people who would have employment who didn't have it before," said Lacy.

First Baptist Church Pastor William Barth is against a wet city.  He also happens to be the mayor. Barth doesn't know where tax money would go, but says it wouldn't stay in Broaddus.

"Well, the city doesn't tax anybody. The only income we get is from water and sewage," said Barth.

For long-time resident, Doris Williams, she says her faith is guiding her decision.

"I'm not ignorant to think that we can keep alcohol completely out of everywhere, but I'm just praying that everybody will vote to keep our city dry," said Williams.

Although, it may seem unlikely, folks on both sides of the wet/dry issue do have something in common. They want every single of the city's almost 200 registered voters to be counted at the polls.

"This is American - it's all about the vote, and I hope they get out and vote and vote with their conscience," said Barth.

Lacy says it's also about safety. A shorter driver to get alcohol could prevent accidents.

"I'm just saying that 4 and a half miles they don't have to travel,"said Lacy.

Money and people, he wants to stay inside the city limits.

Lacy also points out the proximity of Broaddus to Lake Sam Rayburn... and the town turning away sportsman who have to go elsewhere to buy alcohol.

Mayor Barth, though, says there are other economic opportunities besides turning the city wet.

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