The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced this week that several area counties would be receiving payments from timber sales in state forests. The money will go to the county general funds and to rural fire departments.
Brown County is set to see $64,427 for county use and $6,000 for fire departments. Jackson County will receive $23,736 with $9,000 going to fire departments, while Jennings will receive $6,621with half, $3,310 going to rural fire departments.
The state is allocating $210,517 this year to counties where timber sales took place. That is 15 percent of timber sales revenues, and counties have the option of allocating up to half of that money to their rural fire departments.