The Farm Bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday included a one-year extension of payments in lieu of taxes, or PILT.
PILT is money received by counties with federal public land. The Federal government does not pay property taxes and PILT funds are used to make up for that lack of revenue. The Wyoming County Commissioners Association says the extension is good news for Wyoming.
In a letter signed by 16 senators and himself, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has asked the federal Committee on Appropriations to continue funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes – or PILT - program. The program contributes money to counties with federal lands within their borders. The payments help make up for what counties lose by not being able to collect taxes on those lands.