16 U.S. Code § 7112 - Payments to States and counties

§ 7112.
Payments to States and counties
(a) Payment amountsExcept as provided in section 7113 of this title, the Secretary of the Treasury shall pay to—
(1) a State or territory of the United States an amount equal to the sum of the amounts elected under subsection (b) by each county within the State or territory for—
(A)
if the county is eligible for the 25-percent payment, the share of the 25-percent payment; or
(B)
the share of the State payment of the eligible county; and
(2) a county an amount equal to the amount elected under subsection (b) by each county for—
(A)
if the county is eligible for the 50-percent payment, the 50-percent payment; or
(B)
the county payment for the eligible county.
(b) Election to receive payment amount
(1) Election; submission of results
(A) In general

The election to receive a share of the State payment, the county payment, a share of the State payment and the county payment, a share of the 25-percent payment, the 50-percent payment, or a share of the 25-percent payment and the 50-percent payment, as applicable, shall be made at the discretion of each affected county by August 1, 2013 (or as soon thereafter as the Secretary concerned determines is practicable), and August 1 of each second fiscal year thereafter, in accordance with paragraph (2), and transmitted to the Secretary concerned by the Governor of each eligible State.

(B) Failure to transmit

If an election for an affected county is not transmitted to the Secretary concerned by the date specified under subparagraph (A), the affected county shall be considered to have elected to receive a share of the State payment, the county payment, or a share of the State payment and the county payment, as applicable.

(C) Effect of late payment for fiscal years 2014 and 2015

The election otherwise required by subparagraph (A) shall not apply for fiscal year 2014 or 2015.

(2) Duration of election
(A) In general

A county election to receive a share of the 25-percent payment or 50-percent payment, as applicable, shall be effective for 2 fiscal years. If such two-fiscal year period included fiscal year 2013, the county election to receive a share of the 25-percent payment or 50-percent payment, as applicable, also shall be effective for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

(B) Full funding amount

If a county elects to receive a share of the State payment or the county payment in 2013, the election shall be effective for all subsequent fiscal years through fiscal year 2015.

(3) Source of payment amountsThe payment to an eligible State or eligible county under this section for a fiscal year shall be derived from—
(A)
any amounts that are appropriated to carry out this chapter;
(B)
any revenues, fees, penalties, or miscellaneous receipts, exclusive of deposits to any relevant trust fund, special account, or permanent operating funds, received by the Federal Government from activities by the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service on the applicable Federal land; and
(C)
to the extent of any shortfall, out of any amounts in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated.
(c) Distribution and expenditure of payments
(1) Distribution methodA State that receives a payment under subsection (a) for Federal land described in section 7102(7)(A) of this title shall distribute the appropriate payment amount among the appropriate counties in the State in accordance with—
(A)
the Act of May 23, 1908 (16 U.S.C. 500); and
(B)
section 13 of the Act of March 1, 1911 (36 Stat. 963; 16 U.S.C. 500).
(2) Expenditure purposes

Subject to subsection (d), payments received by a State under subsection (a) and distributed to counties in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be expended as required by the laws referred to in paragraph (1).

(d) Expenditure rules for eligible counties
(1) Allocations
(A) Use of portion in same manner as 25-percent payment or 50-percent payment, as applicable

Except as provided in subparagraph (D), if an eligible county elects to receive its share of the State payment or the county payment, not less than 80 percent, but not more than 85 percent, of the funds shall be expended in the same manner in which the 25-percent payments or 50-percent payment, as applicable, are required to be expended.

(B) Election as to use of balanceExcept as provided in subparagraph (C), an eligible county shall elect to do 1 or more of the following with the balance of any funds not expended pursuant to subparagraph (A):
(i)
Reserve any portion of the balance for projects in accordance with subchapter II.
(ii)
Reserve not more than 7 percent of the total share for the eligible county of the State payment or the county payment for projects in accordance with subchapter III.
(iii)
Return the portion of the balance not reserved under clauses (i) and (ii) to the Treasury of the United States.
(C) Counties with modest distributionsIn the case of each eligible county to which more than $100,000, but less than $350,000, is distributed for any fiscal year pursuant to either or both of paragraphs (1)(B) and (2)(B) of subsection (a), the eligible county, with respect to the balance of any funds not expended pursuant to subparagraph (A) for that fiscal year, shall—
(i) reserve any portion of the balance for—
(I)
carrying out projects under subchapter II;
(II)
carrying out projects under subchapter III; or
(III)
a combination of the purposes described in subclauses (I) and (II); or
(ii)
return the portion of the balance not reserved under clause (i) to the Treasury of the United States.
(D) Counties with minor distributions

In the case of each eligible county to which less than $100,000 is distributed for any fiscal year pursuant to either or both of paragraphs (1)(B) and (2)(B) of subsection (a), the eligible county may elect to expend all the funds in the same manner in which the 25-percent payments or 50-percent payments, as applicable, are required to be expended.

(E) Effect of late payment for fiscal year 2014

The election made by an eligible county under subparagraph (B), (C), or (D) for fiscal year 2013, or deemed to be made by the county under paragraph (3)(B) for that fiscal year, shall be effective for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

(2) Distribution of funds
(A) In general

Funds reserved by an eligible county under subparagraph (B)(i) or (C)(i) of paragraph (1) for carrying out projects under subchapter II shall be deposited in a special account in the Treasury of the United States.

(B) AvailabilityAmounts deposited under subparagraph (A) shall—
(i)
be available for expenditure by the Secretary concerned, without further appropriation; and
(ii)
remain available until expended in accordance with subchapter II.
(3) Election
(A) Notification

The Governor of each eligible State shall notify the Secretary concerned of an election by an eligible county under this subsection not later than September 30, 2012, and each September 30 thereafter for each succeeding fiscal year.

(B) Failure to electIf the Governor of an eligible State fails to notify the Secretary concerned of the election for an eligible county by the date specified in subparagraph (A)—
(i)
the eligible county shall be considered to have elected to expend 80 percent of the funds in accordance with paragraph (1)(A); and
(ii)
the remainder shall be available to the Secretary concerned to carry out projects in the eligible county to further the purpose described in section 7122(b) of this title.
(C) Effect of late payment for fiscal year 2014

This paragraph does not apply for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

(e) Time for payment

The payments required under this section for a fiscal year shall be made as soon as practicable after the end of that fiscal year.

References in Text

This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b)(3)(A), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 106–393, Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1607, known as the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 7101 of this title and Tables.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 102 of Pub. L. 106–393 was set out in a note under section 500 of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 110–343, div. C, title VI, § 601(a), Oct. 3, 2008, 122 Stat. 3893.

Amendments

2015—Subsec. (b)(1)(C). Pub. L. 114–10, § 524(b)(1), added subpar. (C).

Subsec. (b)(2)(A). Pub. L. 114–10, § 524(b)(2)(A), inserted at end “If such two-fiscal year period included fiscal year 2013, the county election to receive a share of the 25-percent payment or 50-percent payment, as applicable, also shall be effective for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.”

Subsec. (b)(2)(B). Pub. L. 114–10, § 524(b)(2)(B), substituted “2015” for “2013” the second place appearing.

Subsec. (d)(1)(E). Pub. L. 114–10, § 524(b)(3)(A), added subpar. (E).

Subsec. (d)(3)(C). Pub. L. 114–10, § 524(b)(3)(B), added subpar. (C).

2013—Subsec. (b)(1)(A). Pub. L. 113–40, § 10(a)(1)(B)(i), substituted “2013” for “2012”.

Subsec. (b)(2)(B). Pub. L. 113–40, § 10(a)(1)(B)(ii), substituted “2013” for “2012” in two places.

2012—Subsec. (b)(1)(A). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(A), substituted “2012” for “2008”.

Subsec. (b)(2)(B). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(B), inserted “in 2012” before “, the election”.

Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(2), substituted “fiscal year 2012” for “fiscal year 2011”.

Subsec. (d)(1)(A). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(C)(i), substituted “subparagraph (D)” for “paragraph (3)(B)”.

Subsec. (d)(1)(D). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(C)(ii)(II), redesignated subsec. (d)(3)(B) as subpar. (D).

Subsec. (d)(3)(A). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(C)(ii)(I), added subpar. (A) and struck out former subpar. (A) which related to notification of the Secretary of an election and failure to make an election.

Subsec. (d)(3)(B). Pub. L. 112–141, § 100101(a)(3)(C)(ii)(III), added subpar. (B). Former subpar. (B) redesignated subsec. (d)(1)(D).

 

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