The Elk River Liquor stores are owned and operated by the City of Elk River in order to control the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in compliance with federal and state laws. There are over 230 cities in Minnesota with municipal liquor operations. Municipal liquor operations are only authorized as an effective means of control over the sale of alcohol. The city strongly encourages moderation and warns consumers to not drive while under the influence. The city enforces the regulations contained within the liquor laws.
Income Generation for the Community
While the purpose for municipal sales is to promote moderation and control in the sale and use of alcoholic beverages, the municipal operations can also be profitable and generate income for the community. Annually through our budget process the City Council allocates profits from the liquor stores for park improvements and to offset property taxes in the city's General Fund.
In 2011, the liquor store transferred $2.75 million to fund a portion of the new maintenance facility, it is estimated that this transfer saved over $1 million in interest costs on the bonds issued.