Alcohol Sales Bring $1.2M in Revenue to Cullman

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) -- Alcohol sales have brought in $1.2 million one year after Cullman voters decided to legalize them.

The Cullman Times reports ( ) that city officials initially expected the sales would raise roughly $1 million annually after voters approved the sales in a 2010 referendum.

City Councilor Jenny Folsom said Cullman has used the money to fund nonprofit agencies and issue grants for a downtown improvement program launched at the April 27, 2011 tornadoes damaged the city.

Folsom said money from alcohol sales will be kept separately from the city's main budget until local officials have a better sense of how much money the sales will raise over the long run.

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