Oregon's rural counties could receive millions of federal dollars

Oregon's rural counties could receive millions of federal dollars

The state could receive federal money to cover the costs of public services on federally owned land.

The program reimburses counties for law enforcement, social services, transportation and other costs on federal lands, which do not pay property taxes. Most of the money goes to rural counties in western states.

The money would be particularly welcome in Oregon, where some counties have cut law enforcement and other basic services for lack of tax dollars. The amount the state would get isn't clear yet, but Oregon, with 31 million acres of federal land, got $15.6 million through the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program in fiscal 2013.

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