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Another Tarrant city is gearing up for an election to allow liquor stores

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Business owners and community leaders who want to see more sales tax revenue and jobs in the city garnered over 8,000 signatures on petitions calling for an election to allow liquor stores.

The group hired Austin-based Texas Petition Strategies to circulate the petitions which were turned in to the Keller city secretary’s office Tuesday afternoon.

Donna Kirkwood, incoming chair of the Keller Greater Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release that the liquor stores would create more jobs and help boost the city’s tax base.

“Based on our population, studies show we could be gaining nearly $11 million dollars a year in additional sales, more than 100 new jobs and generate nearly $230,000 in local sales tax revenue,” she said.

Keller’s population is 46,646. The employment and sales tax projections are based on a 2008 study from economist Ray Perryman, who is president and CEO of an analysis firm in Waco.

Once the city secretary certifies the signatures on the petitions, the city council will vote to call the November election.

Besides calling for liquor stores, the petition also calls for mixed beverage sales, as there is some annexed land where mixed beverage sales aren’t allowed.

City spokeswoman Rachel Reynolds previously told the Star-Telegram that the land that was annexed is adjacent to Keller Sports Park and that the only affected business is the indoor soccer complex Blue Sky Sports Center.

Recently, Blue Sky Sports received a private club license, allowing it to serve mixed drinks.

Reynolds credited state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione with helping to get legislation passed in 2017 that closed gaps for Keller’s beer and wine retail sales, which paved the way for Sam’s Club to locate on the border of Keller and Fort Worth.

Other cities recently held elections to allow liquor stores including Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Euless, Hurst, Watauga and North Richland Hills.

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With my guide dog Barbara, I keep tabs on growth, economic development and other issues in Northeast Tarrant cities and other communities near Fort Worth. I’ve been a reporter at the Star-Telegram for 34 years.