On November 21, a bipartisan group of House members led by Rep. Scott
Tipton (R-Colo.) sent a letter to House and Senate budget leaders urging
full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. "The
inability for counties to collect these local taxes on the extensive acreage of
federal lands in their jurisdictions poses a significant burden, and a
fully-funded PILT program helps to offset the loss of these critical
revenues," said the letter, signed by 47
lawmakers to Budget Committee chairs and ranking members in the House and
Senate. To read the letter, click here.
nationwide applaud the leadership of Rep. Tipton for his attention to PILT, and
thank the group of 47 members of Congress for their strong bipartisan support.
The PILT program provides payments to counties and other
local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of
tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions. Congress has not yet acted to
provide funding for FY2014, which has caused much concern for counties that
have already begun the budget process for next year. Without congressional
action, counties will be forced to implement budget contingency plans – making
cuts to critical local government services.
Without PILT, many counties
will be forced to cut services, delay infrastructure maintenance and
improvement and eliminate local jobs. Counties nationwide request swift
passage of legislation to extend mandatory PILT funding for FY2014 and beyond.
To read NACo’s recent
presentation on PILT, click here.
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