A bipartisan budget agreement in Congress doesn’t include money to cover the payments counties receive to offset the loss of tax revenue on federal lands. Jackson County stands to lose more than $193,000.
Those payments were automatic for five years as part of the federal stimulus package.
County Manager Chuck Wooten, however, described himself as “cautiously optimistic” the payments will continue.
Congressional members have listed the Interior Department’s program a priority; staffers for U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Glenville, have assured Wooten a short-term agreement to restore funding will be in place before Jan. 14, and that a longer-term solution is being sought.