Oregon is getting nearly $37 million from the 'Payments in Lieu of Taxes' - or PILT – program. The money will offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands.
The money is sorted per county by the number of acres of federal land. The more acres a county has, the more money it receives.
Local governments will use the money to help with fire and police services, public schools, and roads.
This year, Jackson and Josephine counties each received more than $1.8 million; Curry County received $1.7 million; Lake County received $1.9 million; Klamath County, and Siskiyou County in California, each received $3.1 million.
A law from 1976 allows payments to local governments that cannot tax federal land in their counties. Payments are administered by U.S. Department of Interior.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued the following statement today: ‘Local communities contribute significantly to our nation's economy, food, and energy supply, and help define the character of our diverse and beautiful country. These investments often serve as a lifeline for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services like public safety, fire-fighting, social services, and transportation.”
Congressman Greg Walden said, “These funds are welcome news for rural communities across our state. I worked with my colleagues in the House to fully fund this program that is part of the federal government’s obligation to our rural counties.”
Go here to see how money was allocated to different states or counties.