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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

PowerPoint  |  PDF

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.

Pending Federal Budget Sequestration Process & Potential Impact on Counties

Posted Date: 
October 26, 2012

The National Association of Counties has prepared a Power Point that discusses the "Fiscal Cliff" and "Sequestration" that the Federal Government is facing that you have probably all heard about.  Read further to find out more and download the presentation.

Updated Secure Rural Schools Act FAQs Title I & Title III

Posted Date: 
September 4, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

The links contained in this posting contain very valuable information, in particular the allowable uses of Title III County funds.  MACo encourages Commissioners, Clerks, and Sheriffs to read the information on through these links thoroughly to assure your county is in compliance with allowed uses and are following the appropriate processes required.

Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Committees Deemed Committees Under Re-authorized Act (PL 112-141)

Posted Date: 
July 27, 2012
Contact: 
Rick Alexander, Secure Rural Schools Act, National Program Manager

Friday, July 27, 2012, the Forest Service received the Secretary of Agriculture’s affirmative decision to deem the existing resource advisory committees authorized under PL 110-343 to be committees for the purposes of title II in the re-authorized Act (PL 112-141) and to approve the current charter and the members in good standing for the purposes of the re-authorized Act.

NACo Prescription Discount Card Program Marketing Plan

The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program was started seven years ago and has grown phenomenally.  Now, more than 1,400 counties are participating in the program and county residents nationwide have saved more than $483 million. Residents can save up to 75% on some prescriptions; the overall average savings rate is 24%.

Montana FSA: USDA Expands CREmergency Haying & Grazing to 48 Montana Counties to Assist Drought-Affected Livestock Producers

Posted Date: 
July 23, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new flexibility in the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that will provide much-needed help to Montana's drought-affected livestock producers effective immediately, said Bruce Nelson, former FSA administrator who has returned to his position as the State Executive Director for Montana Farm Service Agency.