- Created on Friday, 15 June 2012 12:16
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Washington, DC - Congressman Bob Filner applauded Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement that San Diego and Imperial Counties will receive a total of more than $4 million under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program which reimburses local governments for supporting nontaxable Federal land.
San Diego will receive $1,106,359 for 490,830 acres and Imperial County will receive $3,291,433 for 1,383,997 acres.
“This shows President Obama’s commitment to making sure our counties aren’t shortchanged when it comes to the Federal land in their jurisdictions” said Congressman Filner. “This program is very important to making sure services to Federal lands are reimbursed and I will fight to ensure it continues.”
PILT program eligibility is reserved for local governments that contain nontaxable Federal lands and provide vital government services, such as public safety, housing, social services and transportation. These jurisdictions provide significant support for national parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas throughout the year. PILT seeks to compensate them for their support and foregoing tax revenue from these Federal lands. A full list of funding by state and county is at http://www.doi.gov/pilt.
This year’s PILT program is the last to be funded under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which enacted a five-year authorization for funding full entitlement levels of the program. The 2013 budget proposes a one-year extension of the current PILT program, maintaining the existing formula for calculating payments to counties – considering acreage, population and prior year revenue payments.