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Montana counties welcome renewal of critical federal funding

Dennis Bragg photo (HAMILTON)- Montana's county commissioners are breathing easier this week after Congress finally passes a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools funding. 

The money, which is designed to replace timber tax revenues lost in the past couple of decades, had been in limbo since the previous funding ran out in 2015. The program was originally approved in 2000 to help counties where reductions in logging had dried up an important source of local funding, especially for schools and roads. 

That's put pressure on all the counties, but especially rural counties like Mineral and Ravalli counties, which had been depending on the money for a variety of operations and services. 


The new money is included in the government spending bill approved Friday. 


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