Fisher County is one of 13 remaining Texas counties that is alcohol dry. Voters will decide whether to change that Tuesday in a local-option election.
If approved, the proposition would legalize the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed drinks, across the entire county. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the last alcohol-related vote was in 1966 and failed.
In 1966, Fisher County was one of 114 Texas counties that was completely dry.
Cecille Terry, who lives in Roby and works at her family-owned T&K Ag Center, sought out 520 petition signatures to get the alcohol proposition on the November 5 ballot. She only needed 476 to file it with the county clerk.
Terry said her motivation for the petition was to garner more revenue for the county and make things more convenient for all residents.
“We've seen all the revenue leaving the county and this county could really use it—not only for alcohol—for groceries and stuff ,” Terry said. “You're making one trip to Sweetwater to get it all— might as well do it all here and we could really use it here.”
Sweetwater is in Nolan County, which is wet. According to the TABC, three counties bordering Fisher County are completely wet, three are partially wet and only one—Kent—is dry.
Roby City Manager Jack Brown told KTXS it seems likely voters will pass the proposition. Council members have already begun working on a standard ordinance to ensure alcohol cannot be sold within 300 feet of churches and schools.
Brown said city council has not taken a position on the proposition, but he has not seen anybody who is openly opposed to it.
Terry said she has heard some negative feedback from people who are concerned local alcohol would lead to more crime.
“There’s just no facts to back that,” Terry said. “No county would be wet if that was the case...I think it'll cut down on the drunk driving back from Sweetwater.”
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.