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Opinion: A citizen’s review of the Lancaster City Council meeting

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There was much discussion on the presentation from Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) representative Anthony Mills overview of the Texas Municipal Retirement System and the statutory maximum rate necessary to provide funding to the city employees retirement plan.

A couple of the council members requested the tabling of this issue in order to better understand recommendations associated with it and to have an opportunity to inform concerned citizens of its importance before it was passed.

District 5 Councilman Clyde Hairston appeared before the council stating his opposition to the upcoming proposition to allow the off-premise sale of beer and wine.

He stated concerns regarding the passing of this proposition would reduce the city of Lancaster to beer barns and bars endangering and influencing young people to gain access to beer and wine.

He stated that his concerns were faith based while providing no valid documentation or proof to support his concerns.

Mr. Hairston’s scare tactics are familiar only because we’ve heard them before.

Alcohol opponents discount the reasonable win-win benefits of adults buying a legal product closer to home while also enhancing local sales taxes and economic development.

Such horror stories have no basis in today’s reality.

It is the fear brought about by intolerance and a failure to accept the economic benefits received by surrounding communities who have taken this step forward.

All we need to do in order to gain a real perspective to this issue is to look at economic improvements and the increased sales tax revenues in Desoto, Wilmer and Hutchins.

I, for one citizen of Lancaster, hope this proposition is passed in the upcoming November election because Lancaster badly needs additional sales tax revenues to offset the annual increase of our local property taxes.


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