N E W S R E L E A S E
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2014
CONTACT: Jim Philipps, 202.942.4220
services in jeopardy if Congress
fails to fund PILT
D.C. – America’s counties will have no
option but to severely reduce or eliminate critical county services to the
public if Congress fails to deliver funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes
(PILT) program in the FY2014 Omnibus spending bill.
Without annual PILT payments,
many services including fire and EMS, search and rescue, public health, law
enforcement and justice operations could be affected. In many cases, counties
will face more severe consequences including insolvency, default, and
“We are deeply concerned that
Congress would turn its back on more than 1,850 counties impacted by the
presence of the U.S. government’s extensive holdings of public land,” said Matt
Chase, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties (NACo). “Since October, counties have in good faith
delivered vital county services to our citizens and visitors with the
expectation that the federal government would honor its 37-year commitment to
county governments who are unable to collect property taxes on more than 600
million acres of federal land.”
Through the federal government
shutdown and despite the uncertainty in the federal budget, counties have been
open for business. In many cases, counties have had to front the costs of
services typically supported with annual PILT payments, something that most
rural counties cannot afford to do much longer.
“There is still time to act, and
we respectfully ask that the House and Senate leadership work to fully fund
PILT for the current fiscal year in the Omnibus spending bill or through
another legislative vehicle,” Chase said.
Since 1976, PILT has provided
critical funding to nearly 1,850 counties in 49 states. The PILT program funds
offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of substantial acreage of federal
land in their jurisdictions. In many counties, more than 50 percent of the land
is owned by the federal government.
PILT payments allow local
governments to provide critical government services for residents such as
education, solid waste disposal, law enforcement, search and rescue, health
care, environmental compliance, firefighting and parks and recreation.
more information on the PILT program, click here to view a NACo
NACo is the
only national organization that represents county governments in the United
States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,069
counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal
government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists
counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides
value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.