Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

City Council reviewing Sunday sales ordinace

Sunday sales idea gaining support in area cities

June 4, 2003

The Basehor City Council will again review a proposed ordinance allowing the sale of packaged liquor on Sundays during its July meeting, mayor Joseph Scherer said this week.

On May 27, the City Council tabled the proposal, citing a need to further research items such as hours and days liquor stores could remain open.

Scherer said the ordinance could be approved during the July meeting.

"I still believe we will have a majority (vote)," Scherer said.

"We are not trying to set a precedent to be the first city or anything," he added. "We're just trying to follow suit within the guidelines established by other cities."

City officials have been researching the idea of Sunday sales since a City Council retreat in early May; the purpose behind the proposal is to support local businesses competing against stores open seven days a week.

Currently, Sunday sales of packaged liquor are legal in only a few municipalities including Edwardsville and Kansas City, Kan., where those municipalities used their home-rule powers to opt out of the 1949 Liquor Control Act.

The idea has picked up steam as of late with cities such as Leavenworth and Tonganoxie now considering similar legislation.

Last week, the Bonner Springs City Council approved a resolution allowing Sunday sales. The sales will not be legal until the ordinance takes effect, expected in mid-August.

Liquor stores in Bonner Springs then will be able to remain open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Only on Thanksgiving and Christmas are liquor stores banned from opening, under the Bonner Springs ordinance.

Scherer said the city is reviewing ordinances such as Bonner Springs and other municipalities to shape Basehor's proposed ordinance.

"Right now, we're trying to see what the norm is," the mayor said.

Under a proposed ordinance reviewed by the City Council last month, liquor stores could be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Liquor stores would be prohibited from opening on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cities receive money from liquor sales at drinking establishments, but municipalities do not receive direct sales tax revenue from packaged liquor sales.

Should Sunday sales receive City Council approval in July, a 61-day protest period would take place before the ordinance would become law.

For a valid protest petition, the signatures of 10 percent of the last election's voting total would be required.

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