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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,

      ??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:

      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