BALLINGER – The ball is rolling on the effort to gather signatures for a petition to call for a local option election allowing the sale of mixed drinks in establishments in Ballinger.

BALLINGER – The ball is rolling on the effort to gather signatures for a petition to call for a local option election allowing the sale of mixed drinks in establishments in Ballinger.

In early June, Tyler Smith, applied for a petition to gather signatures for a local option election for the sale of alcohol at local establishments to include, mixed drinks.

Smith said the petitions were placed at local businesses right after July 4 and 201 signatures must be gathered and verified for the election to be called. The signatures must be turned in by Friday, July 21 so that the issue can be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot, according to Runnels County Clerk Julia Miller.

“We are about half way there,” Smith said.

According to Texas Election Code, in order to call the election, a total of 201 signatures of registered voters in Ballinger must be obtained and verified, which according to the code, is 35 percent of the registered voters in Ballinger who voted in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

The petitions have been placed in several retail outlets including Brady Bunch Boutique, Cason’s Mercantile, Texas Venue, Main Street Soda Fountain, Gonzales Restaurant, Alejandra’s and Acapulco.

Once the signatures are gathered and verified, the petition must be turned in to the Ballinger City Council. The issue is then recommended to Runnels County commissioners. Then the item may be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The off premise sale of alcohol was approved by voters inside the city limits of Ballinger in 1985. However, there are currently no outlets that are allowed to serve mixed drinks.

Smith said approving the measure will bring in more tax revenue to city coffers.

“Ten percent of the mixed drink sales will go to the city and could help with infrastructure like repairing the streets,” Smith said.