- Local school districts obviously can't tax national forest land.
So they have to find a way to make up for property tax income revenue.
With millions of acres of forest land in the Northwoods, that is a major concern for several districts.
But 11 schools in the Northwoods will be able to get money from the National Forest land soon.
This year, the state legislature decided to give 11 school districts in the north more than 2 million dollars in National Forest Income.
Chequamegon School District will be getting the highest annual payment because of their federal forest acreage.
They'll be getting more than $200,000.
Before the government made the change, National Forest money would normally go to towns, not the school districts.
Chequamegon's Forest acreage is more than 190,000 acres.
The district's administrator says this was perfect timing for them.
"Since we're coming out of a five year consolidation, our school district, we were looking at pretty severe shortfall in budget, about 1.6 million," said Chequamegon School District Administrator, Dave Anderson.
"But with additions to the state budget, it's going to kind of let us down more gently."
Chequamegon will be getting their payment around February.
He says the money will go towards their digital learning programing.
"We'll be able to continue them for at least another year. As long as that forest income payment continue, that's going to continue to provide us with additional opportunities for our kids that we might otherwise had to look at reducing." Anderson said.
Other school districts that will benefit from the extra money include Crandon, Rhinelander, Laona and Phillips.
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