Next week, RCRC First Vice Chair Randy Hanvelt (Tuolumne County) and RCRC Board Member and National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) First Vice President Kevin Cann (Mariposa County) will be traveling with Paul A. Smith, RCRC Vice President Governmental Affairs, to Washington, D.C. for NACo’s 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Fly-In to continue advocacy efforts in support of the Federal PILT program.
Federal PILT payments to local governments help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries. Federal PILT payments support a variety of local government programs and services, including police and fire departments, emergency medical services, and search and rescue operations.
In June, the U.S. Department of Interior distributed FY 2018 Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes monies to counties. California’s counties received approximately $60.4 million in payments. The county-by-county Federal PILT payment’s for California can be accessed here.
RCRC will continue to advocate for a multi-year reauthorization, and will urge Congress to take action to reauthorize and fully fund the program for 2019.