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Rural counties group thanks senators for funding extension

Submitted to The Union

The Rural County Representatives of California extends its thanks to U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for passing the Farm Bill Conference Report (Farm Bill) in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Through the passage of the Farm Bill, federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding is now officially extended for FY2014, providing resources for rural California counties to provide critical government services.

"Federal PILT funding is critical to California's rural counties, and RCRC is grateful to Sens. Feinstein and Boxer for voting to secure this one-year extension through the Farm Bill," said Lee Adams, RCRC first vice chair and Sierra County supervisor.

"Now that we've secured the reauthorization for 2014, it's time to work with Congress to enact a multiyear funding reauthorization, as was the process in years past."

As part of the federal PILT program, California counties are due more than $41 million in annual funding to provide critical local government services, such as law enforcement, search and rescue, health care, environmental compliance, firefighting and parks and recreation.

"RCRC has played a key role in helping to secure this extension for California counties, and I am pleased that this much-needed funding will come to our rural communities," continued Adams.

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