Houston County receives almost $2 million from Country Crossing

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – The Houston County Commission is beginning the new year with a generous addition to their general fund.

The county received almost $2 million from bingo stamps required at all machines at country crossing.

Before County Crossing could operate their 1700 bingo machines developers had to purchase stamps for each one from the county.

Stamps cost $1,000 and have to be renewed annually.

"It will help us with capital projects it will help us do some things that we might or might not have been able to do otherwise," says Mark Culver, Chairman of the Houston County Commission.

County officials say the needed money will help with a number of projects in the coming year.

"Nearly $2 million in this time when the economy is down and our revenues are down it is a significant impact on us," says Culver.

As well officials are looking saving some of the money for future needs.

"Set some money aside we know we're going to need to add a pod to our jail in the next few years and it will be nice to set some of that money aside so that we don't have to borrow as much when we get ready to build," adds Culver.

County officials say this is just the beginning of a positive effect they say country crossing will have on the wiregrass.

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