The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on placing a referendum to legalize the sale of distilled spirits by the drink in unincorporated areas of the county on the November ballot.

The hearing is part of a special called meeting scheduled to begin at 7 in the Judicial Building at 214 W. King St.

Board members have said they do not expect to make a decision tonight. They will likely take up the referendum at a later meeting.

The sale of beer and wine by the drink is already legal in unincorporated areas of the county.

County voters have never had a chance to vote on whether distilled spirits should be sold by the drink. The Board of Commissioners considered placing a referendum to legalize the sale of distilled spirits in restaurants before voters last November but that proposal died for lack of a motion by commissioners.

If commissioners do place a referendum on the November ballot, it will be the second alcohol-related measure local voters will be asked to decide.

The Dalton City Council voted 4-0 in July to place a referendum on whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink on Sundays within the city limits on the Nov. 7 ballot. Dalton voters only will vote on that measure. The Dalton Hospitality Association asked for the referendum earlier this year.

Whitfield County currently does not permit the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday, and commissioners said last month any referendum they offer to voters will not allow Sunday sales.

The board will also consider a calendar for preparing the 2007 budget and the creation of several new positions, including a training officer and nine new fire engineers for the fire department.

The board will hold a work session in the Judicial Building at 6 p.m.

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