Murray Alcohol

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After a little more than a year of packaged alcohol sales in Murray, the city has netted almost a million dollars in tax revenue, but has seen a bump in DUIs.

Taverns in Murray may stay open a little longer as part of a city effort to keep liquor business within city limits and cut down on public intoxication charges.

The Murray City Council Thursday night passed the amendment's first reading on a 5 to 6 vote to extend operating hours from midnight to 1:30 a.m. for the four taverns within city limits. 

A coalition of grocery and alcohol retail associations are asking an attorney to investigate Kentucky’s local taxes related to alcohol sales. 

The Commonwealth's cities and counties levy wholesale and retail alcohol-related taxes. Consumers pay a regulatory tax on each alcoholic purchase they make.