Road & Bridge Department Have Critical Budget Decisions

Boise County -- For the Road and Bridge Department of Boise County, there is uneasiness these days when looking at current and future budgets. The department depends on Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs to operate on. These are governmental programs, designed to help rural schools and county road departments. These programs make it possible for the road and bridge department to operate, without requiring the taxpayers of the county to fund this. However, that may need to be changed in the future.
Due to considerable decline in Federal timber sales, SRS payments were designed to offset the loss of the local share of the revenue generated from the timber sales. Approximately 80% of Idaho counties received these funds, because of the large amoun...

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