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Martin County's Timber Money Plummets

Last updated on Sunday, March 25, 2012

(SHOALS) - Highway Superintendent Jim Williams reported to the Martin County Commissioners the money received from Crane’s timber sales amounted to $67,691, considerably less than in years past.

Courtney Hughett, of the Times-Herald reported that in 2011, the county received $321,619, $254,895 in 2010, $146,757 in 2009, $590,710 in 2008 and $277,773 in 2007.

Williams said he was anticipating $100,000 to $150,000 this year and he will try to do what he can with the amount received.

"This is a big deal," said Commissioner Dan Gregory noting the vast reduction compared to previous years.

He added that the county has no control over how much money they receive as it essentially is a gift. He said the county just got used to receiving the larger amounts each year. "This is terrible. We have no recourse but to just take it."

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