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Mt. Juliet residents to vote on liquor stores

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

In November, Mt. Juliet residents will decide whether or not they want package liquor stores in their community.

Petitions seeking the referendum have been circulating the city for the past several months.

Sidney Payne, a retired school teacher from Las Vegas, started the petition because she said she believes liquor sales would bring in more revenue for Mt. Juliet.

"It's not an issue of do you drink or not, it's about keeping tax dollars in Mt. Juliet," Payne told Nashville's News 2.

Currently, residents have to drive to Nashville  to buy liquor.

Local restaurants sell liquor by the drink and beer is sold at convenience and grocery stores.

Payne collected more than 700 signatures of registered voters who live in Mt. Juliet city limits and support liquor sales in their community.

If it passes, city officials will decide how many liquor stores to allow and will likely have a lottery to determine which ones can open.

If the reference does not pass, it can not be placed on the ballot for at least two years.

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