Columbus Council debates Sunday alcohol sales and water rates

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus councilors are trying to decide if they want to let the public vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

During a first reading in Columbus council Tuesday morning, 6 people stood up and opposed it, including previous mayoral candidate Paul Olsen and several local pastors.

The GA state legislature voted that individual local governments can decide to put a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the ballot for the public.

Councilor Thomas is proposing the referendum be on the July 31st ballot.

If the council votes yes, and the public votes yes, Wine and beer would be allowed to be sold from 12:30 pm - 11:30 pm.

Earlier in the day, Columbus Water Works stood in front of council and said they have removed a rate increase for 2012.

"Every little bit helps these days," said councilor Davis.

CWW said revenue was above projections for 2011 and operating expenses was below expected. They believe coverage targets can be met without a rate increase.

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