2:37 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Public Lands, PILT Funding on Congressman Bishop's Agenda for Legislature

First District Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Congressman Rob Bishop

  Utah’s 1st District Congressman is hoping he can claim a key committee chairmanship that would give Utah a significant advantage in Congress.  That was one of the messages Republican Rob Bishop brought to the Utah legislature today. 

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1:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Utah Counties Fear Elimination of PILT Funding

Funding from the federal PILT program helps counties provide services to large areas of federal land. This landscape is part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Garfield County, Utah
Dan Bammes

UPDATE:  Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT1) met yesterday with House leadership, including Speaker John Boehner and budget committee chair Paul Ryan.  Bishop says he's been assured funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program will be included in an upcoming appr0priations bill, though not in the combined spending bill the House will be voting on Wednesday.


  Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are trying to save federal funding for rural counties. Losing it could hurt some counties badly. 

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Environment & Public Lands
1:13 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Interior Facing Cuts in GOP Budget

Rock formation in The Gorge along the Burr Trail on BLM land in Garfield County, UT
Dan Bammes

  The Secretary of the Interior is trying to persuade Republicans in Congress not to eliminate funding for a land conservation program by linking it to another they typically support.  

Secretary Sally Jewell held a conference call with reporters to point out the economic activity linked to tourism, energy production and other activities on public land.  She put it at more than 13-billion dollars, well above the total budget of 11-point-9 billion for the whole department.

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Environment & Public Lands
11:52 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Sequester Cuts PILT Payments to Rural Counties

Rural counties use PILT funding from the federal government to respond to emergencies in areas such as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Dan Bammes

  Rural counties in Utah will get less money this year from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, or PILT.  The federal government provides the funding to counties with large areas of public land.  Garfield County has more than two million acres of federal land, but this year it will get just over $800,000 dollars from the PILT program.

County Commissioner Leland Pollock says providing services on federal land is a burden on local taxpayers.

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KUER Local News
2:29 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Higher PILT Payments for Western Counties

PILT payments are meant to help rural counties provide services to non-taxable federal lands, such as the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge in Juab County.
Dan Bammes

Counties across Utah are getting more than $36 million from the federal government this year under the Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILT program.  The money is meant to help counties provide services such as search and rescue and firefighting in areas where there's a lot of federal land.

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