Contact Us

Ravalli County “Secure Rural Schools” Funds May Dry Up

Ravalli County center
Ravalli County Administration Center (KLYQ Photo)

For 2011, Ravalli County received about $1,150,000 in the “Secure Rural Schools” program, which is to help counties that have large areas of national forest lands in their borders. Ravalli is one of 34 Montana counties that gets such funding for schools, roads, search and rescue, and other programs. Statewide, over $20 million is sent to counties from the federal government in these payments.

However, U.S. Senator Max Baucus, in a news release, noted that this is the last payment under the program, unless Congress reauthorizes it.

Baucus has introduced legislation to extend the program, along with fully funding the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding that is for similar purposes. His legislation would continue the PILT funds for another 5 years.

Baucus said, “Montana counties…rely on these programs to keep the lights on… Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under our rural counties that been hit hard by the economic downturn.”

More from AM 1240 KLYQ

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://klyq.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on AM 1240 KLYQ quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!