CSAC Bulletin Article

Interior Department Announces PILT Payments

June 15, 2023

On June 15, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it would distribute more than $578 million to over 1,900 local governments under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. All 58 California counties are set to receive over $61 million this year, up from $58 million in fiscal year 2022. A full list of payments to counties can be accessed here.

PILT payments to counties help offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions. In California, every county contains some portion of federal property, with the federal government owning more than 50 percent of the land in a dozen counties. PILT funding allows counties to provide essential public services on these lands, including solid waste disposal, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, environmental compliance, firefighting, and other important community services.

CSAC continues to urge members of the California congressional delegation to make PILT a top budgetary priority. The Association has also called on lawmakers to approve a multi-year reauthorization of the program in order to provide public lands counties with long-term certainty.


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