The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is hiring an outside group to estimate the value of the North Carolina's liquor sales system to help Gov. Beverly Perdue decide if privatization makes sense.
Perdue said Monday she's directed commission chairman Jon Williams to get the figures. It's the strongest sign yet the governor is giving serious consideration to privatization. She said she also would make recommendations to the Legislature based on human costs such as whether the change would lead to more liquor consumption.
North Carolina is the only state where local ABC boards sell spirits. Local boards have been scrutinized after news the Wilmington-area board administrator made more than $250,000 annually and a liquor company treated Mecklenburg County board officials to a fancy dinner.
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