Union voters approve agency liquor stores
UNION — Voters in Union approved the town’s municipal question about allowing the operation of agency liquor stores within town lines by a vote of 757 to 465.
The question was: Shall this municipality authorize the State to permit the operation of agency liquor stores on days other than Sunday?
Heading into Election Day, the town was considered a dry town and approval of the referendum would allow hard liquor to be sold every day of week, except for Sundays.
The question appeared on the municipal ballot after a local merchant circulated a petition to place the article before voters.
According to Maine Legislature Statutes Title 28-A, Chapter 19 §453, the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operation may license up to three agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 2,000 but less than 5,001. According to the 2010 Census, Union has a population of 2,259.
However, the Bureau “may issue one additional liquor store license beyond those otherwise authorized by this subsection in a municipality with a population of less than 10,000” and “may consider the impact of seasonal population or tourism and other related information provided by the municipality requesting an additional agency liquor store license.”