BALLINGER - The signatures were verified last week and it was announced that a local option election will be called to ask voters to approve the sale of alcohol in local establishments.

BALLINGER - The signatures were verified last week and it was announced that a local option election will be called to ask voters to approve the sale of alcohol in local establishments.

According to City Secretary Bonita Shields petitions with 286 signatures were turned in. Of that, 234 signatures were verified as registered voters within the city limits of Ballinger.

The City Council will call for the election at the meeting on Aug. 21.

According to Texas Election Code, in order to call the election, a total of 205 signatures of registered voters in Ballinger were needed to call the election. The issue will be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election.

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 alcohol or mixed drinks except the Ballinger Country Club where a membership is required.