Tulare County is state’s largest recipient of 2019 federal PILT funds

PILT Program Compensates Communities for Supporting Nation’s Public Lands, Waters; Invests in Firefighters, Police, School and Road Construction

June 20, 2019– U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced that 57 local governments in California are receiving a total of $51.7 million under the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

“Payments in lieu of taxes are made to local governments to help offset their inability to tax federal property,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “These payments are one example of the United States striving to be a good neighbor to local communities. This year’s distribution of $514 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure.”

PILT payments help local governments carry out such vital services as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt federal lands administered by U.S. Department of the Interior agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service, and for federal water projects and some military installations.

Using a statutory formula, the annual PILT payments to local governments are computed based on the number of acres of federal land within each county or jurisdiction and on the population of that county or jurisdiction. The lands include the national forest and national park systems, lands in the FWS Refuge System, areas managed by the BLM, areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation water resource development projects, and others.

Since PILT payments began in 1977, DOI has distributed approximately $9.2 billion dollars to states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

DOI collects more than $11.9 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing, and timber harvesting. A portion of these revenues is shared with states and counties. The balance is deposited in the U.S. Treasury, which in turn pays for a broad array of federal activities, including PILT funding.

Individual county payments may vary from year to year as a result of changes in acreage data, which is updated annually by the federal agency administering the land; prior-year federal revenue-sharing payments reported annually by the governor of each state; and population data, which is updated using information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tulare County contains more than 4,800 square miles, which includes Sequoia National Park, part of Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument, Three Rivers BLM properties, and Lake Kaweah and Lake Success (USACE). These federal lands make up just less than half of the county’s total acreage.

Federal revenue sharing payments are made to local governments under programs other than PILT during the previous fiscal year, including payments such as those made under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the Refuge Revenue Sharing Fund, the National Forest Fund, the Taylor Grazing Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, the Federal Power Act, and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as authorized.

List of funding by California county:

ALAMEDA COUNTY – $2,292

ALPINE COUNTY – $167,740

AMADOR COUNTY – $106,672

BUTTE COUNTY – $263,149

CALAVERAS COUNTY – $304,410

COLUSA COUNTY – $254,891

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – $6,324

DEL NORTE COUNTY – $737,941

EL DORADO COUNTY – $720,791

FRESNO COUNTY – $3,174,204

GLENN COUNTY – $497,339

HUMBOLDT COUNTY – $964,287

IMPERIAL COUNTY – $3,075,998

INYO COUNTY – $1,921,831

KERN COUNTY – $2,908,287

KINGS COUNTY – $23,335

LAKE COUNTY – $332,540

LASSEN COUNTY – $2,053,473

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – $1,185,919

MADERA COUNTY – $1,176,385

MARIN COUNTY – $243,241

MARIPOSA COUNTY – $1,286,488

MENDOCINO COUNTY – $699,132

MERCED COUNTY – $97,796

MODOC COUNTY – $675,836

MONO COUNTY – $1,278,803

MONTEREY COUNTY – $931,727

NAPA COUNTY – $167,170

NEVADA COUNTY – $453,761

ORANGE COUNTY – $90,556

PLACER COUNTY – $823,194

PLUMAS COUNTY – $566,739

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – $3,532,116

SACRAMENTO COUNTY – $26,622

SAN BENITO COUNTY – $279,710

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY – $3,493,818

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – $997,145

SAN FRANCISCO – $6,297

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – $6,191

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – $1,199,860

SAN MATEO COUNTY – $17,180

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – $1,937,510

SANTA CLARA COUNTY – $4,968

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – $16,206

SHASTA COUNTY – $1,938,162

SIERRA COUNTY – $220,837

SISKIYOU COUNTY – $1,673,788

SOLANO COUNTY – $15,938

SONOMA COUNTY – $8,563

STANISLAUS COUNTY – $9,088

SUTTER COUNTY – $0

TEHAMA COUNTY – $772,581

TRINITY COUNTY – $607,131

TULARE COUNTY – $3,518,387

TUOLUMNE COUNTY – $2,517,963

VENTURA COUNTY – $1,570,684

YOLO COUNTY – $86,259

YUBA COUNTY – $79,916

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