Colorado to receive $36.6 million in federal payments to local governments

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke talks with reporters with part of Mount Katahdin in the background at the Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument near Staceyville Maine Wednesday

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke talks with reporters with part of Mount Katahdin in the background at the Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument near Staceyville Maine Wednesday

OR will receive a total of $19.7 million in Payments In Lieu of Taxes - also known as "PILT" - from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The federal government had made these payments to local governments every year since the 1970s on federally owned lands that are not otherwise subject to taxation, and every county in Idaho gets some.

DOI data shows for the 2017 fiscal year, Jackson County will receive $951,998, Josephine County will receive $885,422 and Klamath County will receive $823,456.

You can view a complete list of how much individual counties will receive HERE. "This commitment from the Interior secretary to maintain PILT payments is fundamental to the stability of Teton County's revenues, budget and ability to provide the services that support our community's health and welfare".

The balance is deposited in the U.S. Treasury, which in turn pays for a broad array of federal activities, including PILT funding to counties.

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Nationwide, PILT distributed a total of $464.6 million to approximately 1,900 local governments for 2017. Esmeralda and Lincoln counties have the highest percentages of federal property. PILT payments help local governments carry out such vital services as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations.

The Interior Department collects more than $8.8 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing and timber harvesting.

The combined acreage of federal lands in Mesa County is third in Colorado behind only Moffat County with almost 1.7 million acres and Gunnison County with more than 1.6 million acres.

The Mat-Su Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough will receive the largest funding amounts with both getting more than $3 million each from the federal government.

Harold Blattie, Executive Director of the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) said there are no strings attached to how any county can spend the money given to them. Delta County will receive nearly $710,000 for more than 400,000 acres.

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