Federal Power Act
This money represents 37.5% of the net receipts derived during the federal fiscal year from licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC issues these licenses for the occupancy and use of national forests and public lands in the State of Idaho for hydroelectric project works. These projects include dams, reservoirs, and other works to develop and improve navigation and to develop and use power. The monies are received once a year with no set payment date.
- FFY 2020 Monies Received $126,595.43
- FFY 2019 Monies Received $120,997.35
- FFY 2018 Monies Received $124,713.81
- FFY 2017 Monies Received $129,343.90
- FFY 2016 Monies Received $129,247.32
- FFY 2015 Monies Received $129,107.21
- FFY 2014 Monies Received $123,901.10
- FFY 2013 Monies Received $ 90,812.52
- FFY 2012 Monies Received $180,921.75
- FFY 2011 Monies Received $367,599.34
- FFY 2009 Monies Received $180,909.00
The United States Federal Government leases land in counties for the purpose of flood control and drainage improvements. Seventy-five percent of the money that is paid to the US Treasury for the lease of these lands is then distributed to the counties at the end of the federal fiscal year. These monies are to be used for public schools, public roads, and defraying expenses of county government.
U.S. Code Title 33 Chapter 15 Sec. 701c-3
Secure Rural Schools Act (Fed Forest)
Idaho Code 57 Chapter 13
Once a year, the USDA Forest Service processes a payment to the Idaho Treasurer’s Office as required by the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. This payment, commonly known as the Forest Fund payment, is distributed to the counties.
The annual distribution is divided into three parts: Title I, Title II, and Title III. Title I monies are distributed to the counties and must be used for roads and schools. Title III monies are distributed to the counties and may only be used for three authorized uses: activities under the Firewise communities program, reimbursement for emergency services on national forests, and preparation of a community wildfire protection plan.
Title II funds are not part of the SRS payment made annually to the State Treasurer and, therefore, are not disbursed to the counties. Title II monies must be applied for by the county and are only for projects that are on federal land or for projects that are on county land but will benefit the federal land (such as fish and wildlife habitat improvements).
Idaho Code 57 Chapter 12
The Taylor Grazing Act of June 28, 1934 was the first federal effort to regulate grazing on federal public lands. It establishes grazing districts and uses a permitting system to manage livestock grazing in the districts.
The payment comes from the Bureau of Land Management in November and is disbursed to the counties that contain grazing districts. Section 3 monies are from permits issued to graze livestock in the grazing districts and are to be used for grazing district improvements. Section 15 monies are from the lease of public lands for grazing which are outside of the grazing districts and are to be used for county improvements.