DOI: $40.2 Million To New Mexico For Vital Services Including $92,880 For Los Alamos County

DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that 32 local governments in New Mexico including Los Alamos County are receiving a total of $40.2 million under the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Trump Administration’s commitment to local communities.
 
“Payments in lieu of taxes are made to local governments to help offset their inability to tax federal property,” Secretary Bernhardt said. “These payments are one example of the United States striving to be a good neighbor to local communities. This year’s distribution of $514 million to more than 1,900 counties will help small towns pay for critical needs like emergency response, public safety, public schools, housing, social services, and infrastructure.”
 
PILT payments help local governments carry out such vital services as firefighting and police protection, construction of public schools and roads, and search-and-rescue operations. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt federal lands administered by U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and for federal water projects and some military installations.
 
Using a statutory formula, the annual PILT payments to local governments are computed based on the number of acres of federal land within each county or jurisdiction and on the population of that county or jurisdiction. The lands include the national forest and national park systems; lands in the FWS Refuge System; areas managed by the BLM; areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation water resource development projects; and others.
 
Since PILT payments began in 1977, DOI has distributed approximately $9.2 billion dollars to States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
DOI collects more than $11.9 billion in revenue annually from commercial activities on public lands, such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing, and timber harvesting. A portion of these revenues is shared with States and counties. The balance is deposited in the U.S. Treasury, which in turn pays for a broad array of federal activities, including PILT funding.
 
Individual county payments may vary from year to year as a result of changes in acreage data, which is updated annually by the federal agency administering the land; prior-year Federal revenue sharing payments reported annually by the Governor of each State; and population data, which is updated using information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
Federal revenue sharing payments are made to local governments under programs other than PILT during the previous fiscal year, including payments such as those made under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, the Refuge Revenue Sharing Fund, the National Forest Fund, the Taylor Grazing Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, the Federal Power Act, and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, as authorized.
 
List of funding by county:
 
BERNALILLO COUNTY
$221,040
CATRON COUNTY
$668,680
CHAVES COUNTY
$3,288,905
CIBOLA COUNTY
$1,943,508
COLFAX COUNTY
$171,761
DE BACA COUNTY
$115,087
DONA ANA COUNTY
$3,258,664
EDDY COUNTY
$3,651,580
GRANT COUNTY
$2,216,950
GUADALUPE COUNTY
$168,101
HARDING COUNTY
$124,430
HIDALGO COUNTY
$726,660
LEA COUNTY
$1,153,450
LINCOLN COUNTY
$1,811,096
LOS ALAMOS COUNTY
$92,880
LUNA COUNTY
$2,042,926
MCKINLEY COUNTY
$983,855
MORA COUNTY
$278,093
OTERO COUNTY
$3,410,392
QUAY COUNTY
$4,954
RIO ARRIBA COUNTY
$2,427,525
ROOSEVELT COUNTY
$29,453
SAN JUAN COUNTY
$2,368,930
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY
$888,881
SANDOVAL COUNTY
$2,330,950
SANTA FE COUNTY
$793,795
SIERRA COUNTY
$1,178,061
SOCORRO COUNTY
$1,502,038
TAOS COUNTY
$1,836,464
TORRANCE COUNTY
$334,820
UNION COUNTY
$159,796
VALENCIA COUNTY
$84,478
 
A full list of funding by state and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.
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