Bellevue voters defeat referendum

You will not be buying alcoholic beverages by the glass in Bellevue anytime soon, whether at bars, restaurants or any other type of establishment. Voters in the town rejected a referendum on the primary election ballot that would have turned Bellevue’s historically-dry status to one that allowed two businesses to begin selling alcohol.

The major point of contention between passionate proponents on both side of the issue was the inability to control what types of businesses received the licenses. While many on both sides agreed that restaurants serving drinks with dinner would be a pleasant addition to the business district, state law made it impossible to guarantee that would be the case.

The borough-wide referendum was defeated 849-761. Under state law, it cannot be placed on the ballot again for at least four years.

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