On September 10, 2015, National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Western Interstate Region host a briefing on Capitol Hill to describe the importance of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, urging members of Congress to approve immediate (FY16) and long-term funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT. ….
Sixty-two percent of counties have federal lands within our boundaries. Despite not being able to collect property tax on federal lands, county governments must still provide important services for their residents and visitors to public lands, including solid waste disposal, law enforcement, road and bridge upkeep and emergency medical services. Counties provide significant support for national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and other land that covers roughly 640 million acres, or nearly 28 percent of the U.S.
This year, the PILT program provided $442 million to approximately 1,900 counties and other local governments to offset forgone tax revenues due to the presence of substantial acreage of federal land in our jurisdictions. The authorization for PILT is set to expire Sept. 30, 2015…..