United States Department of Agriculture's Secure Rural Schools Title III funds have been used by Johnson County for their ongoing rural addressing project, which was allowed up until this year.
Changes in the guidelines for use of the funding this year means those funds in 2013 cannot be used for the project, according to County Treasurer Carla Faircloth, who gave a report to the county commissioners at their last meeting.
Faircloth said the latest $33,000 in funding, which the county has already received for 2013, must be re-allocated somewhere else or sent back. The commissioners have until January 31st to allocate the funds elsewhere or they must be returned.
A example she gave of a possible use of these funds is removal of debris within 100 yards of a home, but it only pays for kids or inmates to perform the work; she said there are other very specific examples of how the funds can be used, mostly for fire mitigation around existing buildings on or close to Forest Service lands.
The commissioners chose to have the fire districts and fire warden compile a list of private properties in their districts where fire mitigation projects have not been done, to see if there may be a few that could be done through a 4-H or other youth group, and bring the information to their meeting this week for them to make a decision on the matter.