Thursday, January 31, 2008
Former county commissioner gives me a call
My phone rang at home tonight, and the man on the other end identified himself as Charles Usher, a former Effingham County commissioner. He said, "I want to thank you for opposing this liquor referendum, and for not being afraid to speak the truth." He went on to say that when he was commissioner, we did not have beer and wine, and people kept pressuring them to allow beer and wine, so he did a study to find out if alcohol brought in sufficient revenue to pay for itself. The study showed that it did not; that whatever revenue was produced from alcohol taxes was spent on law enforcement and other increased social services.