NACo has released a new online publication on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The highly visual presentation uses text, charts, images and info-graphics to aid in the continuing effort to educate policymakers, county officials and the public about the unique nature of the program, its history and why PILT funding matters to more than 1,850 counties in 49 states.
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 allocated the $410 million in mandatory funding for FY14, 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.
NACo asks county officials to contact their congressional delegations to explain in detail how the elimination of PILT dollars will disrupt county operations and request swift passage of legislation to extend mandatory PILT funding for FY14 and beyond.