GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado is among western states that could be forced to repay millions of dollars in federal funds locked up in the national budget debate.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican from Colorado, says the Obama administration has advised the state that money from timber sales and mineral royalties are subject to the budget debate and the state could receive a bill for repayment of funds already distributed to counties.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, communities rely on those revenues for public schools, public-works repairs, emergency services and other programs.