Rosen Applauds PILT Payments of Over $27 Million for Nevada’s Rural Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released a statement applauding the Department of Interior’s announcement that each of Nevada’s 17 counties will receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments totaling $27,250,038, an increase from last year. These payments will be used by local governments to help offset the costs of services and infrastructure that counties provide on federal public lands.

“I applaud the Department of Interior for providing these payments to the state of Nevada,” said Senator Rosen. “These funds will be used to support essential services – especially in our rural communities – such as law enforcement, education, emergency services, health care, and road maintenance.”

BACKGROUND: PILT payments are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and for federal water projects and some military installations. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen filed an appropriations request for full funding of the PILT program in FY20. Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen filed similar requests to the Appropriations Committee in support of the PILT program.