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Harvests a fiscal windfall for county

— The disastrous fires last year made a fiscal windfall for Idaho County, as the yield tax private owners paid from July 15-Dec. 31 last year showed a jump to three or four times the usual level. During the commission’s regular meeting June 7, assessor James Zehner reported $94,000 came in, and a similar amount is anticipated for the coming year.

“We’ll probably get a third of it,” he said, because the county expects to issue refunds in situations such as where “timber was damaged by fire and discounted by the sawmill, or if logging charges were higher than anticipated,” Zehner said.

Zehner also noted that a significant portion of the uptick is connected to cedar harvest, due to differences in the amount of yield tax assessed for different types of logs. He highlighted one particularly large amount followed cedar logging, which was done by helicopter near Syringa.


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