Today, healthy forests and maintenance of living-wage jobs are both necessary for community and economic stability. The CBC’s Rural Economies Subcommittee has been working on a number of options to increase economic stability now and into the future. These options include diversification of the timber industry and development of the capacity of outdoor recreation. The two counties in the Clearwater Basin hold a preponderance of federal public land. Therefore, the subcommittee is also concerned with federal reimbursement of counties possessing these non-taxable land bases.
The CBC is committed to seeking better and more permanent solutions to meet the counties’ funding needs. Currently we have consensus support to explore a variety of solutions including the reauthorization of SRS and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) as well as a pilot county payment project.