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Vidalia Voters to Decide on Sunday Sales
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

September 11--  Voters in Vidalia will decide if alcohol will be sold in the city on Sundays.

At its September city council meeting, the Vidalia city council agreed to put the question on the ballot November 5.  Voters will decide if they want retail stores to sell liquor, beer and wine and if they want restaurants to offer sales by the drink.

Mayor Ronnie Dixon told the council about 200 Georgia towns and cities have okayed alcohol sales on Sunday.  Councilmembers agreed with councilwoman Lisa Chesser that voters should decide about Sunday sales in Vidalia.

The council also agreed to a slight rollbackof the city's property tax millage rate because of an increase in the Toombs County tax digest.  City manager Bill Torrance says the rollback from 4.5 mils to 4.382 will generate an extra $65,000 in revenue for the city.

Meanwhile, Vidalia's water and sewage rates may be going up.  City councilman Eddy Tyson gave the council some proposed increases for consideration at a future meeting.  Water sales in the city this year are down about 4% and the water and sewer account is more that $130,000 in the red.

The council heard citizen complaints about late pickup of yard trash and got a briefing from Republic, the city's garbage vendor, regarding abuse of the system.

ImageRepublic showed pictures of logs, trees and large mounds of yard trash that have been put on the side of city streets.  The council agreed that yard trash mounds bigger than 4 X 5 X 10 feet should not be picked up by the city and that owners should pay for the removal of larger loads privately.

According to Republic, their trucks fall behind their regular pickup schedules when they take time to pickup oversize loads.

There may also be some help on the way to pave the Ezra Taylor Road east of Vidalia.  The city agreed to pay Toombs County up to $350,000 as its share of the project.  The county is attempting to expedite the $2.2 million paving project which would be funded by transportation sales tax collections. 

 
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