Thursday, January 31, 2008

Benton County's Cost of Being Dry

You know, I never thought about this.

The (Benton)county's private club system -- restaurant guests buy memberships in exchange for the privilege of consuming alcohol -- is confusing and costs the area major events, said Annette Nichols of the Hyatt Place in Rogers.
Those groups take a pass on scheduling events in Benton County when they learn of its dry status and the complications of getting a liquor permit or selling memberships for what might be a three-day event.

Benton County is losing a lot of tax revenue by being a dry county. I wonder if the loss of business is enough for residents to vote to change Benton Country's dry status?

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