Governors, Counties Asking for Full Support of PILT Program

The Western Governors’ Association and the National Association of Counties sent a joint letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting full support of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

PILT has been compensating counties with large tracts of nontaxable federal lands for many years. The two-year budget deal the Congress passed this week authorized PILT extension but left it up to the appropriators to decide whether the program continues.

The letter emphasized the economic hardship to the states and counties in the absence of PILT funds urging the federal government to honor its historic PILT agreement.

“Counties with federal land in their jurisdictions often provide vital services on those lands, such as solid waste management, search and rescue, and emergency medical services. The federal government must honor its historic PILT agreement with states and counties to compensate them for tax-exempt federal lands within their borders. . . . We urge you to consider the economic hardship that states and counties across the nation will face if the PILT program is not given consistent funding.”

~ December 20, 2013 Western Governors’ Association PILT Letter


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