COURTLAND, Ala. (WHNT) — Despite concerns from residents following the sudden announcement this week that International Paper Mill will close, Courtland officials say services will remain intact.
WHNT News 19 was contacted by several viewers in Lawrence County asking about the future of the police department. Mayor Clarence Logston says he has heard the rumors around town, but says there are no plans to layoff police officers in the town or disband the department.
The city currently has three full-time officers and several part-time workers on the force.
The City of Courtland receives most of the yearly operating budget from tax revenue from the International Paper Mill.
According to International Paper, the operation was directly responsible for $328 million worth of economic impact in the area last year. The Courtland mill’s annual payroll is almost $86 million and is responsible for approximately $3.5 million in property taxes, according to a fact sheet the company provided.
The Courtland mill makes papers for forms, envelopes, labels, copiers, printers and magazines. The rise of electronic devices in recent years, and fewer people ordering magazines and mailing bills has simply led to less of this paper being used.