timber counties

Timber Payments
5:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

County Timber Payments May Get Extension

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

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Timber County Funding
5:54 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wyden Includes $330 Million For Timber Counties In Helium Bill

The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved a 1 year extension of timber payments Tuesday. The payments help out counties with large national forests: land that isn’t on local tax rolls. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Timber Counties
5:36 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Could Act Soon On Timber County Rescue Plan

Timber at upper Charlotte Creek on the Elliott State Forest.
Credit Dan Jenkins / ODFW

A plan that would give state government broad powers to step in and bail out struggling timber counties could advance soon in the Oregon legislature. A House panel could vote as soon as Monday on a bill that could lead to a temporary tax hike in counties that are struggling to maintain basic services.

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Oregon Timber Counties
6:26 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Oregon Congressmen Want Hearings On Timber Counties

Senator Ron Wyden has been asked by three Oregon congressmen to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.
Credit Ron Wyden's website

  Three Oregon congressmen have asked Sen. Ron Wyden to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.

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