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Buying draft beer long overdue in Decatur

Few people are counting down the days until draft beer goes on sale in Decatur, but having it available will add to the ambience of the city.

The City Council agreed this week that sales will begin Nov. 1, setting back the date by a month to allow establishments and distributors more time to prepare.

While many people will enjoy ordering the milder beer, the way that possibility came to pass may be more important.

Without much fanfare, council members and the mayor listened to local groups pushing the legislation and didn't give in to well-meaning people who still think the city should be dry.

They listened to business arguments from the Decatur/

Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau in deciding to seek enabling state legislation.

The city will get more tax revenue from draft beer sales, just as it will get more if voters decide later to legalize Sunday sales. Both will keep business in town.

Some council members had considerable pressure to not support either bill. One member easily could have killed both bills.

The city is seeing some practical solutions from City Hall that are encouraging.

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