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Tuolumne County Contingency Returns From Nation’s Capitol

Sonora, CA — Coming off a whirlwind three day trip to the nation´s Capitol, the Tuolumne County contingent is cautiously optimistic there will be a renewal of the Secure Rules and Community Self Determination Act that would bring $2.5 million to the county on an annual basis.

The traveling party included Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva, Columbia Elementary Superintendent Dr. John Pendley, Sonora Elementary Board Member Jeanie Smith, Summerville Elementary Superintendent and Principal Leigh Shampain, Sonora High Superintendent Rob Gaskill, Supervisor Dick Pland and his wife Audrey, Peter Rei from the county´s Public Works Department and Steve Boyack from the C.A.O.´s office.

Silva stated that the biggest Washington, D.C. proponent of the five year renewal is Republican Congressman George Radanovich. The group also received endorsements from Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon Republican Representative Greg Walden.

Passage of the legislation would provide the county with one million dollars for schools ($178,000 for Sonora High School), one million dollars for roads and $500,000 for the Resource Advisory Committee.

This would help to replace the tax funding guaranteed the county that has been lost due to the decline in the timber industry.

Silva says he expects the decision to come forth in three weeks.

Written by Bill Johnson