Western Interstate Region

The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Mission Statement

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the West.

2016 Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully funded PILT disbursement in 2017. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.
  • Policy Brief

    Continue Revenue Sharing Payments to Forest Counties: Support the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to enact a long-term legislative solution for continued revenue sharing payments to forest counties through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The SRS program expired in September 2015 and has not been reauthorized for FY 2016 or beyond. Forest counties received their last authorized SRS payments (FY 2015) in calendar year 2016 and the availability of future SRS payments remains in jeopardy.

Latest Resources

  • Legislative Presentation | Sep. 11, 2017

    The presentation covers why PILT matters to counties, how PILT works, the history of PILT and current funding levels.

  • Document | Aug. 15, 2017

    Use this letter template to urge your members of Congress to enact a long-term legislative solution for continued revenue sharing payments to forest counties through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program.

  • Document | Aug. 15, 2017

    Use this template to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining the importance of reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. 

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors

President

Joel Bousman
Commissioner
Sublette County, Wyoming

 

First Vice President

Tommie Martin
Supervisor
Gila County, Arizona

 

Second Vice President

Kevin Cann
Supervisor
Mariposa County, California

 

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