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Feds release PILT money to Montana counties

Counties across New Mexico will receive more than $38.5 million through the 2017 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, New Mexico congressional representatives announced Tuesday.

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. "PILT provides funding to counties which contain federal land within their borders, offsetting the lost property tax revenue that comes from the non-taxable federal land located within the counties".

You can view a complete list of how much individual counties will receive HERE. "PILT investments often serve as critical support for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services, such as public safety, firefighting, social services and transportation".

A total of 44 local governments in Idaho will receive the funding. It remains to be seen what happens in the next fiscal year - President Donald Trump's budget blueprint calls for PILT to be funded "at a reduced level, but in line with average funding for PILT over the past decade", which would work out to about $397 million, an nearly 15 percent drop.

PILT was funded this year at levels comparable to last as part of the May omnibus deal that funds the federal government through the end of September. The PILT payment is higher for Mesa County than the other counties, though, because of its larger population. Federal public lands make up 97 percent of the area in Teton County.

With almost 1.2 million acres of federal lands, Garfield County will receive the second largest PILT payment in Colorado for 2017 fiscal of more than $3.1 million.

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.

Despite having nearly 1.5 million acres of federal lands, the less populated Rio Blanco County will receive about $553,000.

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