City Council votes to take no action on liquor initiative recommendations

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The Mountlake Terrace City Council held a public hearing on October 4 to consider Resolutions in Opposition to Initiative Measure No. 1100 and No. 1105 that will appear on the November 2 ballot.

The City staff’s recommendation was to pass the resolutions but after hearing from MLT resident Andrew Funk and Stefan Sharkansky (co-author of Initiative 1100), and discussing the initiatives the Council voted to take no action.

Initiative 1100 would eliminate state-run liquor stores, allow grocery outlets to sell hard liquor, and eliminate the state’s liquor profits. I-1100 would maintain the liquor tax. Initiative 1105 would eliminate state-run liquor stores, allow grocery outlets to sell hard liquor, and eliminate both state liquor profits and the liquor tax.

According to a City press release, the City of Mountlake Terrace received almost $250,000 in 2009 from state liquor taxes and it anticipates receiving approximately $258,000 and $266,000 in 2011 and 2012, respectively. If Initiatives 1100 and 1105 pass, the City says that they would have to reduce service levels to offset the revenue losses.

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