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Alaska to receive nearly $30M from feds in PILT funding

Alaska to receive nearly $30M from feds in PILT funding

Ravalli County will receive $2,375,857 for over a million acres of federal land.

The payments are part of a record $464.6 million dollars distributed across the country, this year; it's the largest amount allocated in the PILT program's 40-year history.

Teton County received more than $1.94 million this year from the federal government to compensate for losses in property taxes from nontaxable federal lands. "PILT investments often serve as critical support for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services, such as public safety, firefighting, social services and transportation".

Zinke, who visited Nevada this past week, said growing up in Montana, "I know how important PILT payments are to local communities that have federal lands".

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced Monday that the Department of the Interior is distributing more than $29.69 million to eligible local governments throughout Alaska.




"Throughout my time in Congress, I have advocated for fully funding the PILT program and I'm thrilled 64 local governments in Colorado will receive this funding", Gardner said.

The county is to receive $3,461,667, up from the $3,382,219 it received a year ago, for lands on which the county is unable to levy a property tax, but which also require county law enforcement and other services.

The Interior Department collects more than $8.8 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing and timber harvesting. Federal public lands make up 97 percent of the area in Teton County.

"This is very good news for Teton County", Newcomb said. The PILT payment is higher for Mesa County than the other counties, though, because of its larger population. Delta County will receive nearly $710,000 for more than 400,000 acres.


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