PILT payments, which stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes, are issued by the federal government each year as a way to offset losses from property taxes on federal land.
Blattie also made it very clear that local governments are always very appreciative of this help from Congress, but said now there are no plans in place for complete allocation of the PILT payments in 2018. PILT payments are used for infrastructure, law enforcement and local schools.
But because the lands are federal, the local governments don’t earn tax revenue from them. “PILT payments are vital to the economic well-being of Wyoming counties”.
Heller said the PILT money helps local governments in Nevada’s 17 counties provide essential services including public safety and education. “As ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Interior Department’s budget, I will do everything I can to ensure this program receives full funding going forward, so we can continue to support these counties for hosting valuable federal lands”.
“These investments are one of the ways the federal government is fulfilling its role of being a good land manager and good neighbor to local communities”, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stated in a news release announcing the payments. Martin Heinrich, D.N.M., in a release. “I’m happy that at a time when we need it most, Alaskan communities are receiving the funding owed to them”, said Senator Murkowski.
Millions of dollars are feeding back into Montana as part of an annual payment to counties all around the United States, but could future payments be in jeopardy?
The payments are made annually for tax-exempt federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all agencies of the Interior Department), the U.S. Forest Service (part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), and for federal water projects and some military installations.