Western Interstate Region

The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Mission Statement

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the West.

Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge 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.

Latest Resources

  • Video | 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.

  • Video | 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.

  • Video | 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.

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors

President

Kevin Cann
Supervisor
Mariposa County, California

 

First Vice President

Greg Chilcott
Commissioner
Ravalli County, Montana

 

Second Vice President

Mark Whitney
Commissioner
Beaver County, Utah

 

Immediate Past President

Tommie Martin
Supervisor
Gila County, Arizona

 

Contact

  • Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region  
    (202) 942-4207

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