Rural counties adjust after losing forest payments

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Rural Oregon counties are scrambling to find ways to stay afloat as federal forest payments come to an end.

But even as Curry and other Oregon counties scramble to stay solvent, they're sitting on millions of dollars in road fund reserves — money deposited over decades of timber harvests and earmarked for county roads.
By law, the money isn't supposed to be used for health clinics, jails, tax assessors, prosecutors, planners or other county services. But some counties have found creative ways around restrictions, including transferring funds between municipalities.

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