Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000

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The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub.L. 106–393) was a bill passed into law by the United States Congress on October 30, 2000. The law amended the United States Forest Service’s county payments program for FY2001-FY2006 to allow states or counties to choose to receive the average of the three highest payments for FY1986-FY1999 in lieu of the regular 25% payment, but requiring that 15%-20% of those payments be used by the counties for specified purposes, in accordance with recommendations of resource advisory committees for projects on federal lands, or returned to the Treasury.

The Forest Service county payments should not be confused with Bureau of Land Management “payments in lieu of taxes.”

The Act originally expired in 2006 and has been renewed several times (most recently in 2013) each time at reduced spending levels.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Preusch, Matthew. "33 Oregon counties will share an unexpected $740 million". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Timber payments get Obama's OK". The Union Democrat. July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mapes, Jeff (September 26, 2013). "Timber payments for Oregon counties clears last congressional hurdle". The Oregonian. Retrieved September 26, 2013.