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,
??Michigan??s National Forests and other federal lands are a huge part of what makes our state special,?? Sen. Carl Levin said. ??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.??
??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,?? said Sen. Debbie Stabenow. ??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.??
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:
CountyPILT FY 2013 Payment