Sunday alcohol sales official in Augusta

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It is official. You can now purchase alcohol on Sundays in Augusta.

You can start buying alcohol this Sunday, April 1st just in time for the start of Masters week.

Last week, commissioners voted to approve the amendment to allow the sales after voters approved the referendum this month by more than 58%.

You will be able to buy beer, wine and liquor from 12:30PM to 11:30PM every Sunday.

The commission voted passed 7 to 2.

Commissioner Alvin Mason was one of the two commissioners voting against Sunday sales. He spoke on News 12's weekly radio segment on 96.3 Kiss FM with Fattz and Cher about his concern that the city plans to waive Sunday fees on store owners.

"It's about $300,000 that we are not going to receive, and we are constantly talking about we are in a hole," said Mason. "I've got a problem with that."

Ultimately commissioners were concerned about hitting businesses with an additional fee. They just approved a fee increase at the beginning of the year.