IRON RIVER—After five years of Title II cuts, West Iron County schools and three townships will see the largest payout in several years.
The annual reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act has allocated $228,678 to Iron County. Of those funds, 75 per cent, more than $171,500, goes to West Iron County schools.
Of the remaining 25 percent, about $28,000 goes to Iron River Township, with the rest divided by Bates and Stambaugh townships.
Funds are allocated based upon the acreage of National Forest property in a jurisdiction.
Title II funds are allocated by the U.S. Interior Department’s U.S. Forest Service to reimburse municipalities for taxes lost by inclusion of national forests within their boundaries. Townships receiving Title II funding must allocate those monies to road maintenance and repair within their jurisdiction.
The average per acre payout in Michigan is $1.32. The Ottawa National Forest covers 179,065 acres in Iron County.
During the previous allocation, Iron County received only $135,678, as federal contributions continued to decline. Title II payouts are sent to the county treasurer’s office in April.