Iowa Park is about to be one step closer to getting wet, and it's not from any looming storm clouds.
Lori Bohannon, Wichita County clerk, said county commissioners will sign an order during their weekly meeting Monday, adding the measure to legalize alcohol and liquor sales in the last bastion of dryness in the county.
"We have to have an order to have an election," she said of the commissioner's actions Monday. "There's always an order to get something on the ballot."
Bohannon said the group leading the push for the measure, Citizens to Keep Tax Dollars in Iowa Park, was able to get the required signatures on a petition for it to be included in the May 11 election.
She said the group had to get 35 percent of registered voters in that specific justice of the peace precinct to sign their name.
She said they had the signatures before the November general election, but the paperwork wasn't filed in time to get on the ballot then.
"There wasn't enough time," she said. "That's why it's going on the May ballot."
Early voting begins April 29.
Tim Sheppard, a spokesman for the group, said in earlier reports that the issue is more about keeping tax dollars in Iowa Park instead of places outside the city where residents have to go to purchase beer, wine and other spirits.
He said it's also an opportunity to bring in new business.
"There's a huge amount of increase in revenue that can come in, not just because of the sale of alcohol, but because of businesses that could move in to town because of the legalized sale of alcohol," he said in September. "It could possibly bring more businesses to town, more economic growth to town and more tax base. It's a lot more than supplying the town drunk with a place to buy his beer."
Burkburnett was the most recent municipality in the county to have a vote on alcohol and liquor sales.
That measure passed in November 2008.