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Interior Announces Nearly $400 Million in PILT Payments to Rural Communities for Police, Fire and Schools

Posted Date: 
June 13, 2013
Contact: 
Jessica Kershaw, Department of Interior

Payments to Montana Counties  |  Full List of Funding by State

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the Nation are receiving a total of $399.8 million under the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

Letter to USDA and OMB Regarding Sequestration of Secure Rural Schools Payments

Posted Date: 
March 28, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

SRS Letter

Today, a bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget concerning the USDA decision to retroactively subject the FY 2012 Secure Rural Schools program funding to sequestration.

Montana to Lose $2.5M in Federal Mineral Payments

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2013

HELENA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $2.5 million in federal mineral payments to Montana over the next five months.

2012 SRS Funding – USDA Wants Money Back

Posted Date: 
March 22, 2013
Contact: 
Yejin Jang, Legislative Affairs Department, National Association of Counties

On March 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to Congress that due to the enactment of the Budget Control Act – which mandated budget reductions totaling $85 billion for FY13 – that FY 2012 funding for the Secure Rural Schools program is subject to sequestration.  The announcement stated, “As mandated by sequestration, we will need to withdraw 5.1 percent of the payment that has already been received or reduce the amount to be dispersed in the coming weeks.”  The USDA further stated that “States … will receive a bill for collection to return the sequestered amount to Treasury.”

NACo to Senate: Continue mandatory funding for PILT program

Posted Date: 
March 19, 2013
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) today urged the U.S. Senate to extend mandatory funding provisions for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal years 2014 and beyond. PILT payments support essential county services including law enforcement, emergency response, transportation infrastructure and access to healthcare.

Impacts of the Sequester on 2013 PILT Payments

Posted Date: 
March 5, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the attached letter detailing the impacts of sequestration on PILT payments for 2013.

2013 Standard Mileage Rates Up 1 Cent per Mile for Business, Medical and Moving

Posted Date: 
November 21, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Updates to Forest Service Secure Rural Schools Act Website

Posted Date: 
November 21, 2012

The Forest Service website has been updated with links to the USDA response to the GAO title III audit report at the following links http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds and http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pts/countyfunds/faqs.

U.S. Election Insight -- 2012

Posted Date: 
November 13, 2012
Contact: 
Ed Rosado, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

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After the most expensive election in U.S. history, President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term. In the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Americans voted to maintain the status quo of split party control — a Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House — even as more than 90 new faces will grace the halls of Congress.

NRCS Offers Wildfire Recovery Funding

Posted Date: 
November 2, 2012
Contact: 
Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

BOZEMAN, Mont., Nov. 2, 2012–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by wildfires throughout Montana.