Apr 09, 2007 — Fort Drum released figures Friday on how much money the Army base pumps into the area's economy. That figure stands at $1.24 billion in fiscal 2006. The largest chunk goes to payroll. The base's 3,700 civilian employees brought home more than $200 million. Almost $750 million went to Fort Drum's soldiers, numbering more than 17,000. Retirees in the base's surrounding area got $30 million. Jonathan Brown asked Jeff Graham, the mayor of nearby Watertown, how this money affects the city.