After several close calls, package liquor was voted in by McMinnville residents in landslide fashion in November.
The measure passed with 62 percent of the city vote. Only city voters were allowed to vote since liquor stores will only be allowed to locate within the city limits under state law.
The vote for liquor comes after the last vote, in 2010, saw it fall 200 votes short. In addition to liquor, wine in grocery stores, which was a separate measure, passed by an even larger margin, winning with 68 percent.
The passage of package liquor came following vigorous campaigns by both pro- and anti-liquor groups.
The pro group contends it will generate millions in revenue that was leaving the county when people shopped at liquors stores in all the adjoining counties. The anti-liquor group maintains greater accessibility to liquor will be bad for families and present a danger to the public.
Liquor by the drink was passed in 2002 and allowed for liquor to be served at local restaurants.
Since passage of the measures, the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen has said it will not cap the number of liquor stores allowed. Instead, the city plans to let the free market system sort it out. Plans for establishing other rules for liquor stores will be hashed out in the coming weeks.