Sublette to receive $1M in PILT funds


WYOMING – Sublette County will receive an injection of $1 million in Payments In Lieu of Taxes funding, the U.S. Department of Interior announced last week.

The county has been allocated $1,019,082 for its inability to tax 2,428,121 total acres of federal land.

PILT payments are made for tax-exempt federal lands administered by the Interior’s agencies – Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service. PILT payments also cover lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission. Payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal land within each county and that county’s population.

“This program is an important example of the federal government’s commitment to continuing to be a good neighbor to the communities we serve,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a release. “The nearly $550 million being distributed will help local governments carry out vital services, such as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations.”

Wyoming was allocated a total of $31,521,789 this year, which is meant to defray costs associated with maintaining community services since local governments cannot tax federal lands.

The U.S. Department of the Interior collects more than $12.1 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands. A portion of that revenue is shared with states and counties. The balance is deposited into the U.S. Treasury, which pays for a broad array of federal activities and PILT funding.

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