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AGO 1965 No. 59 >  December 17, 1965
FUNDS - FEDERAL FOREST RESERVE - COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - DIVISION BETWEEN PUBLIC SCHOOL AND COUNTY ROADS - METHODS OF APPORTIONMENT - USE OF FUNDS
FUNDS ‑- FEDERAL FOREST RESERVE ‑- COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ‑- DIVISION BETWEEN PUBLIC SCHOOL AND COUNTY ROADS ‑- METHODS OF APPORTIONMENT ‑- USE OF FUNDS (1) Under § 1, chapter 240, Laws of 1965, Ex. Sess. (RCW 36.33.110), the board of county commissioners is required to expend at least fifty percent of federal forest funds received by the county for the benefit of the public schools.  Since the legislature has not prescribed the manner of apportioning the money, the board of county commissioners may, in the exercise of its sound discretion, make any apportionment it desires as long as the money is used for the benefit of the public schools including but not limited to division of the funds either (1) among the school districts of the county to be expended as the boards of directors thereof may direct, or (2) among the school districts of the county to be expended in the manner directed by the board of county commissioners. (2) An expenditure by the county for removal of snow and bridge repair on county roads, which incidentally benefits the schools, cannot be charged to that portion of the federal forest funds which must be expended for the public schools. (3) The county commissioners acting pursuant to § 1, chapter 140, Laws of 1965, Ex. Sess., may not allot federal forest funds to the county superintendent's budget.
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