Sonora, Ca — A contingency from Tuolumne County will head to Washington DC next week to lobby legislators to re-authorize The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act.
The act was created to provide assistance to rural communities affected by a decline in revenue from timber harvests.
“To Tuolumne County, it means approximately two-and-a-half million dollars a year,” says 5th District Board of Supervisor Dick Pland. “A little over a million goes to the County´s school system, a little over a million to the County´s Public Works Department, and the remainder goes into various projects authorized by the Resource Advisory Committee.”
Pland, who will be among those making the trip, says that the group is hoping that Congress re-authorizes the act for a period of five years. Last year, it was only renewed for one year.
Pland notes that the group will also ask legislators to fully fund the Payment In Lieu of Taxes Act. It provides extra funding to counties with a large amount of federal land in their jurisdictions.
Written by BJ Hansen