SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Spartanburg County Council has given tentative approval to allow voters to decide if bars and restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported the ordinance endorsed Tuesday will require two more votes before voters get to decide on the sales.

Councilman Michael Brown says the move would help economic development in the county. Brown represents the city of Spartanburg, where Sunday sales in bars and restaurants already are legal.

Councilman Roger Nutt says county restaurants and bars need Sunday sales to compete with nearby restaurants where such sales are allowed.

Greer also allows Sunday sales. Eleven counties in the state have approved Sunday sales.

If the council does approve the idea by mid-August, voters would decide the question in November's election.

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Information from: Herald-Journal, http://www.goupstate.com/