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City Residents should note that all construction
projects require permits, which may be obtained
through Troy Curtis, Building inspector for the City of
Stephenville. Residential and commercial permit infor-
mation can be found on the city web site
(http://www.ci.stephenville.tx.us/) or by calling the
inspector's office at 254-965-7887.
Morgan Kuykendall is a graduate student at Tarle-
ton State University. She is pursuing a Master of
Science degree in Management and Leadership.
Sales Reports Reveal Mixed Patterns
By William L. Beaty
A recent report from the State Comptroller's Office
revealed a 0.7 percent decrease in the gross sales aggre-
gate for the five Cross Timbers counties through the
first six months of 2009 when compared to the same
period in 2008. Last year's value was 9.3 percent higher
than the value noted two years earlier. These aggregate
values hide significant variation within local counties,
however, as one county reported a large increase while
the remaining counties reported declines.
Eastland County, with total sales of $449.8 million
reported the highest gross sales figure in the Cross
Timbers area through June 2009. The county also noted
the greatest growth with an increase of 30.9 percent
over the year before and 19.2 percent over the same
period two years earlier.
Erath County posted $370.1 million in gross sales
in the first half of last year. This value represents a loss
of 16.5 percent when compared to the 2008 figure and a
decline of 6.7 percent compared to the 2007 total.
Bosque County's $168.7 million sales total reflects
a loss of 10.8 percent compared to the value posted the
year before but is 47.5 percent above the total reported
two years earlier.
Comanche County merchants posted $112.2 mil-
lion in total sales through June of last year. This value
lies 4.5 percent below the aggregate reported in 2008
but is 5.3 percent higher than the figure noted in 2007.
Hamilton County's $81.3 million gross sales total
for the first six months of last year represents declines
of 16.2 percent and 6.6 percent when compared to the
same periods in 2008 and 2007.
Area Counties, January-June
Millions of Dollars
Bosque Comanche Eastland
Source: State Comptroller's Office
The State Comptroller's office collects and reports
sales aggregates for all Texas counties on a quarterly
basis. Because of lags in reporting requirements and
lengthy verification processes, five to six months typi-
cally elapse between the end of a quarter and the release
of that period's statistics.
Low Prices, Output Shrinkage Reduce Milk's Impact
By Matt Hillman
Milk production and sales continued to dominate
Erath County's agricultural income in 2009, contribut-
AGRICULTURAL INCOME BY SOURCE
Erath County, 2009
Total Income, $202.4 Million
Other Livestock & Prod
Source: Agricultural Extension Service
ing roughly three of every four dollars generated by this
sector. However, lower output and prices reduced
milk's relative contribution from the previous two
According to the Texas AgriLife Extension Ser-
vice, farm revenues totaled $202.4 million in 2009, a
29.0 percent drop from 2008 and a 22.1 percent drop
compared to 2007's aggregate.
The largest income share in 2009 was derived from
milk sales, which contributed 76.7 percent of the coun-
ty's total agricultural revenues. Although this sector
represents the largest source of income its 2009 contri-
bution fell well below 2008's 79.7 percent and 2007's
82.9 percent figures. Last year's milk sales figure to-
taled $155.3 million.
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