Citizens asked to sign local option petition to keep tax revenues locally

McKINNEY, TX (November 19, 2021) – A group of citizens announced the launch of a petition campaign to gather nearly 22,000 signatures of McKinney voters to support changing the law to allow the expansion of current sales to include fine wine and package stores. The group consists of residents, business, and community leaders.  They are asking McKinney registered voters to sign a petition to call for an election next May 2022.   

The petition will allow a vote for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption only in the City of McKinney. The election will be similar to what voters approved in Plano (2013), Allen (2016), and Sachse (2017).  

In 2004, McKinney voters approved beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores and also approved mixed beverage sales in restaurants.

“Seventeen years ago, voters overwhelmingly approved allowing beer and wine sales in our grocery stores and to eliminate the private club rules in our restaurants,” noted Lisa Hermes, President and CEO of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.  “The next year our sales tax grew nearly 28%, more than $5,000,000 additional tax dollars in part because we allowed people to shop locally. Changing this law to allow package fine wine sales, will keep additional revenue in McKinney.”

The petition also calls for an election to allow fine wine and spirit sales in package stores like Spec’s or Total Wine.    Based on a 2008 study by Texas Economist Ray Perryman, McKinney can see a significant increase in sales, jobs, and local tax revenue.

Brian Loughmiller, former Mayor of McKinney stated, “Based on our population, studies show we could be gaining nearly $60 million dollars a year in additional sales, more than 600 new jobs and generate over $1.3 million in local sales tax revenue.  Changing this law could be a great benefit to our community.”

The US Census Bureau places McKinney’s population at 208,000.  Based on the calculations of a 150,000-population city, removing the City’s dry status for spirits (package liquor sales) could realize as much as an additional $59.9 million in annual spending, 611 more jobs and another $ 1.34mm in local sales tax revenues.

 

McKinney            (208,272 pop)

 AAOP

Annual Spending

 $                  59,921,243

Jobs

                                   611

Local Sales Tax

 $                   1,338,495

 

State law requires the group to gather approximately 21,847 signatures of McKinney voters by January 14. Only those who live in the City Limits of McKinney are eligible to sign the petition. If enough signatures are gathered, the McKinney City Council will be required to order the election for May 2022. 

Petition officials will be canvasing neighborhoods, going door to door to gather signatures and will be at most McKinney.  The group has hired Texas Petition Strategies of Austin to conduct the petition drive and election campaign.  TPS has conducted more than 450 local option ballot propositions in more than 250 Texas communities.