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November 22
​Bipartisan Group of House Members Urge Budget Leaders to Fund PILT

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.

Counties 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.

Contact: Ryan Yates at ryates@naco.org or 202.942.4207

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