NEWTON, Kan. - Tuesday night the Newton City Commission listened to a presentation about legalizing Sunday liquor sales. Two partners of CXXC Group Inc. said they have proof the city is losing money in sales tax every Sunday. The business consultants told KAKE News they were asked by a few local businesses and people to research how not selling alcohol on Sundays is affecting Newton. They say their findings are that Newton is losing tax dollars every time someone leaves the city in search of liquor on a Sunday. KAKE spoke with a local retailer who agrees.
"Our customers generally drive to Park City. I think we should be allowed to be open. I mean it would be good for the city as a whole. Why not keep local dollars local," Tricia Foster with Hill's Retail Liquor said.
The stores could soon at least have the option to open on Sundays, that is if the partners of CXXC Inc. have anything to say about it.
"Let the business decide when they want to hold their business and it's just that simple," David Mefford of CXXC Group Inc. said. "I think that's the biggest point we're missing out on is all those tax dollars we could be utilizing."
Newton's Commission tabled the issue so they could discuss it further and reach out to local business owners and people in the community to see how they feel about it. If they choose to move forward, commission members say there is chance the issue could be put on ballot for a vote in the future.