Montana Counties to Receive Millions in Federal PILT Funds
Montana counties will get almost $32 million in 2017 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding, according to Senator Jon Tester.
The money is paid to counties that have federal lands that are not taxable by local government, but create local services. PILT payments are used for infrastructure, law enforcement and local schools.
Ravalli County will receive $2,375,857 for over a million acres of federal land. Missoula County gets $1,776,000 for over 868,000 acres of federal land. Flathead, Lewis & Clark and Ravalli Counties will each have over $2 million in PILT money.
Tester said in a news release, "I know how important PILT payments are to Montana, and I will keep fighting to secure these essential investments for rural communities."
Senator Steve Daines also commented on the funds, saying in a news release, "... the PILT program provides critical support for the safety of Montana's rural counties. Thank you, Secretary Zinke, for releasing this important funding."
Here's the list of Montana Counties receiving PILT funding this year.