Interior Department Releases FY 2022 PILT Funds
June 30, 2022
On June 23, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it would distribute more than $549 million to over 1,900 local governments under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. In all, 57 California counties are set to receive nearly $58.8 million this year, up from $55.9 million in fiscal year 2021. 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.
With regard to the upcoming fiscal year, the House Appropriations Committee recently approved its fiscal year 2023 Interior-Environment spending bill, which includes another year of full funding for PILT. For its part, 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.