County dipping into savings to make budget

COQUILLE, Ore.-Coos County is cashing out about half of its savings to make up for a loss of federal funding.

The Secure Rural Schools act that provided millions in federal funding expires this month.

Coos County Commissioners decided to take $5.4 million out of the forestry fund to maintain services, but by 2014 the money will run out.

"Then after that things are going to get for lack of a better term interesting," County Commissioner Bob Main said. "It will be very difficult to maintain a minimal amount of county service citizens are used to. It is going to be really tough."

Main says he supports a bill Congressman Peter Defazio is proposing to increase logging lands for counties.

Without it he is not sure how the county will raise revenue.

The commissioners will meet June 28 to finalize the budget.