Returning title III county funds to the U.S. Treasury
Updated: January 2015
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act was reauthorized on October 2, 2013 as part of HR 527 Helium Stewardship Act. The reauthorization extended for one year the date by which title III projects must be initiated and the date by which title III funds must be obligated. There are no other changes to title III.
The deadline for obligating title III county funds was September 30, 2014. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act currently provides that title III county funds not obligated by September 30, 2014, must be returned to the U.S. Treasury. Although counties may not obligate title III funds after September 30, 2014, we recommend that counties retain any unobligated title III funds until further notice. Upon that notification, counties will be instructed to return unobligated title III funds to the Treasury using the following procedure:
Title III county funds not obligated by September 30, 2014, must be returned to the U.S. Treasury. Counties may return unobligated title III funds to the Treasury at anytime prior to and immediately following this date using the following procedure:
1. The county requests that the Forest Service prepare a Bill for Collection to be sent to the county. Requests may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
a. In the subject line include “Return title III, county name, state name”
b. In the body of the message include the dollar amount(s) to be returned and the federal fiscal year (FY) with which the funds are associated.
The federal fiscal year ends on September 30. The U.S. Treasury made payments to the states by early January following the end of the federal fiscal year for which the payments were made and then the state distributed the funds to the counties. For example,
Counties received FY2008 funds in January 2009,
FY2009 funds were received in January 2010,
FY2010 funds were received in January 2011, and
FY2011 funds were received in January 2012, and
FY2012 funds were received in January 2013 and subjected to sequestration in March 2013.
c. Include the name, phone number and e-mail address of the county’s contact person and the county’s mailing address where the Bill for Collection should be sent.
Be sure to show the county name and state name.
2. The Forest Service sends a Bill for Collection to the address provided by the county.
3. The county submits a copy of the Bill for Collection and a check for payment to the address provided on the Bill for Collection.
To ensure the county is properly credited for its payment:
Do not submit payment before receiving the Bill for Collection.
Submit the Bill for Collection and check together to the address on the Bill for Collection.
Do not send payment to the Albuquerque Service Center or any other Forest Service address. Only submit payment to the address shown on the Bill for Collection.
If you have questions about returning title III funds to the U.S. Treasury you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jennifer McGuire at 505-563-7162.
Return to Title III - County Funds