Summary: Unfortunately, SRS expired in 2017 and Congress has not renewed it, meaning rural county schools in areas near national forests are taking a substantial funding hit. This plan provides guaranteed funding for Secure Rural Schools.
Released: Filed Under: NFHS Policy
About "Out in the Country"
National forests, being federally owned, do not pay local property taxes to the states or counties in which they are located. In 1908, Congress realized that this reduction in the tax base was harming local schools (and other local functions that rely on the property tax base), so they passed a law allocating some of the timber harvesting revenues in national forests to be sent back to the States to support school budgets in counties that would otherwise be deprived. But forest revenues went down dramatically in the 1980s, leading back to the same problems of 1908, with forest counties deprived of revenue. So in 2000, Congress modified the policy with new funding known as “Secure Rural Schools” to provide extra money to make up for the lost timber revenues.
Unfortunately, SRS expired in 2017 and Congress has not renewed it, meaning rural county schools in areas near national forests are taking a substantial funding hit. This plan provides guaranteed funding for Secure Rural Schools.
NOTE 1: Keep an eye on the news, since this is a very hot topic and Congress could change it at any time. This case was written in January 2018, and new developments may have occurred since then.
NOTE 2: SRS also pays for other projects (like roads and forest conservation) that are extra-topical. We don’t claim any advantages from these, so if a negative complains about them — fine, drop any benefits from any of those, they don’t pertain to our case and we’re not claiming them.
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