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      Wednesday
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      Thursday
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      Friday
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      Michigan counties receive $4.1 million in federal payments

      More than two dozen Michigan counties will share $4.1 million from the federal government.


      More than two dozen Michigan counties will share $4.1 million from the federal government.


      The payments will help local governments offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. The money is provided by the Interior Department as part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes(PILT) program,


      â??Michiganâ??s National Forests and other federal lands are a huge part of what makes our state special,â?? Sen. Carl Levin said. â??These payments allow us to preserve and protect these resources while reducing the financial burden on local communities that do not receive tax revenue from these lands.â??


      â??At a time when local communities across Michigan are hit hard by budget cuts, this support is critical to maintaining infrastructure, public safety and other local services,â?? said Sen. Debbie Stabenow. â??This will help ensure the continuing partnership between our local communities and our National Forests and other federal lands that contribute so much to our Michigan way of life.â??


      PILT payments are calculated based on a formula that includes the number of acres of federal land within each county and the population of that county. Federal lands include the National Forest and National Park Systems, Bureau of Land Management lands, and areas affected by Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation projects.


      PILT payments will go to the following Michigan counties:







      County






      PILT FY 2013 Payment








      Alcona





      99,273








      Alger





      302,759








      Baraga





      72,118








      Benzie





      20,133








      Chippewa





      214,251








      Crawford





      54,458








      Delta





      317,360








      Gogebic





      488,396








      Houghton





      281,543








      Iosco





      119,945








      Iron





      329,887








      Keweenaw





      316,511








      Lake





      160,028








      Leelanau





      100,777








      Mackinac





      61,778








      Manistee





      90,129








      Marquette





      36,552








      Mason





      98,779








      Mecosta





      2,756








      Montcalm





      3,107








      Muskegon





      26,315








      Newaygo





      84,099








      Oceana





      69,764








      Ogemaw





      1,971








      Ontonagon





      465,273








      Oscoda





      76,504








      Schoolcraft





      195,336








      Wayne





      2,873








      Wexford





      95,270








      TOTAL






      4,187,945





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