All matters relating to federally-owned public lands including federal land management programs, natural resource revenue sharing payments, payments in lieu of taxes, and property tax immunity concerns.
Public Lands Steering Committee
Continue Revenue Sharing Payments to Forest Counties: Support the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) ProgramUrge your members of Congress to enact a long-term legislative solution for continued revenue sharing payments to forest counties through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Congress reauthorized SRS for FY 2017 and FY 2018 in the omnibus spending package enacted March 23, 2018. The last authorized SRS payments are scheduled to be paid in calendar year 2019.
Policy BriefUrge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Because local governments are unable to tax the property values or products derived from federal lands, PILT payments are necessary to support essential local government services. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully-funded PILT disbursement in 2019. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.
Jun. 18, 2019
Coconino County, Ariz. Supervisor Liz Archuleta testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on deferred maintenance needs on federal lands and potential solutions.
Jun. 10, 2019
This week's video includes a bipartisan bill that would permanently authorize the PILT program, a $19.1 billion disaster aid package for communities impacted by last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, the latest on the appropriations front and more.
Jun. 4, 2019
This week's video includes action in Congress related to public lands, an update on infrastructure efforts, legislation to restore advance refunding bonds and more.
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