Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet sent a letter to Senate leadership this week, asking them to include the re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program in any end of year legislation. Colorado received $11.8 million in funding from the program in 2016. Meeker schools received around $80,000, Routt County Schools collected over $166,000 and Moffat County Schools garnered more than $20,000. However, the SRS program has since expired. The senators are calling for SRS to be reauthorized so payments can be made for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. SRS funds have been used across western Colorado to finance critical projects like public schools, roads, and emergency services. Representatives from Rio Blanco, Routt and Moffat Counties all previously said they plan to continue to utilize the SRS program if re-approved.