Sunday Alcohol Sales Will Cost Retailers $1,100 Each Year

Council passes fee structure for Sunday alcohol sales

Dunwoody residents overwhelmingly cast their votes last week to have the freedom to buy booze on Sundays.

The Dunwoody City Council wants to collect a fee for those sales.

Monday, the council approved a fee schedule for licensing Sunday package sales.

Package retailers that would like to sell alcohol on Sundays will be assessed a $1,100 annual fee for the right to sell liquor on Sundays. The city charges the same price for Sunday sales at bars and restaurants, a fee set in 2009.

The annual fee is the same price as most other cities that passed the referendum on Sunday alcohol sales, city officials said.

Stores currently pay $4,000 for an alcohol sales license.

Councilman Robert Wittenstein found the fee structure for Sunday sales resolution a little odd. 

“I’m going to encourage that we not pass this,” Wittenstein said. “Three years ago when we passed the fee for alcohol sales by the drink on Sunday, I objected then. I’ll object on the same grounds today. Six days a week the license is $4,000 a year, that’s $666 a day. I don’t see why we wouldn’t have the same fee for Sunday.”

“I don’t know we need to add a new tax just because we can,” he added.

Wittenstein and Councilman John Heneghan both voted against the resolution, which passed 5-2.

Janita Poe November 16, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Wow! So, to sell seven days a week, package store owners have to pay $5,000?
obxgrl November 17, 2011 at 02:31 PM
This new fee is ridiculous. Retailers have to pay more to do what they are already doing every other day of the week? Dunwoody citizens voted to allow liquor sales on Sundays, not to further regulate and tax our corporate citizens. This seems extremely punative and short sighted.
Dundevil November 17, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Smart Business Friendly Dunwoody, City probably will make another $20K or so. Wow Take a look at all of those empty storefronts, like in the WalMart shopping center, Williamsburgh etc.
What goes around comes around November 17, 2011 at 04:33 PM
I agree. Does anyone know how and why this fee was developed?? (and WHO?) I've heard no explanation. Sure looks like a move to restrict Sunday sales (make it too expensive for some to open), despite the will of the voters.
Richard November 19, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I can't believe that this city counsel is so anti-business, I thought I lived in a city that was pro business and anti taxes. You must know if any of you who voted for this that it will have to be passed on to Dunwoody residence. Any sound minded person that is not a Dunwoody resident is going to buy in cities that do not keep taxing people to death. I hope that in the future you will have the ability to look at situations with a business mind and not one of GREED.


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