Secure Payments

Updated: April 4, 2014

Title I-Secure Payments for State and Counties Containing Federal Land

On October 2, 2013 Congress passed a one year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act as part of HR 527 Helium Stewardship Act. Additional information will continue to be posted as it becomes available.

Full funding amount

The full funding amount for FY 2013 for all counties that elect to receive a share of the State payment is 95 percent of the FY 2012 amount. For FY 2013, the full funding amount is $328,961,250.00 and includes the amount to be paid by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to counties in western Oregon.

Formula for calculating the State payment

The formula for calculating the State payment to eligible States and the county payment to BLM eligible counties for fiscal year 2013 is unchanged. The formula uses multiple factors, including acres of Federal land (proclaimed national forest) within an eligible county, the average 3 highest 25-percent payments made to each eligible State for each eligible county for the eligibility period, and an income adjustment based on the per capita personal income for each county.

Election to receive payment

Affected counties must elect to receive a share of the Secure Rural Schools Act State payment or a share of the 25-percent payment to the State. This election must be transmitted by the Governor or other appropriate executive office of the State, such as State Treasurer, on behalf of the Governor. More information is in the Election and Allocation Guidelines.
 

Election to allocate the county share of the State payment

An eligible county that elects to receive a share of the State payment that is $100,000 or less (a minor distribution) may elect to use 100-percent of its share for public roads and schools under title I. Prior to 2012, a county that elects to receive a minor distribution must make an affirmative election to use the 100-percent of its share for title I purposes. These new rules are explained further in the Election and Allocation Guidelines.

Failure to allocate the State payment

If the Governor of an eligible State fails to transmit the election of an eligible county’s allocation of its share of the State payment by December 31, 2013, the county shall be considered to have elected to expend 80 percent of its share of the State payment for public schools and roads. The remaining 20-percent will be available to the Forest Service to carry out projects in the eligible county to further the purposes of title II. The Act does not require that the Forest Service’s use of the remaining 20-percent be reviewed or recommended by a resource advisory committee.
 

Transition payments
 

The reauthorized Act does not provide transition payments to any eligible State or county.
 

Distribution of the State payment among eligible counties in the State of California
 

The State of California is required to distribute the FY2013 State payment in the same proportion as the FY2006 payments. This provision also applied to FY2012 under the previous Act.