News Release

For Release: June 15, 2005           
Contact:  Chris Paolino 202-208-6416, John Dearing 916-978-4622, Jan Bedrosian 916-978-4610
CA-SO-07-06

California to Receive $21 Million from Interior Under Federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program

California county governments with federal land in their jurisdictions will receive more than $21 million this year in compensation for forgone tax revenue, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today.  Under the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, a total of over $232 million is distributed to about 1,850 local governments whose jurisdictions contain tax-exempt federal lands.

"This year’s appropriation was able to maintain the level of PILT funding achieved last year, the highest funding level in history,” Kempthorne said.  “We are getting these funds to local governments in a timely manner, by June 15, to help the counties plan their annual budgets.  We recognize the importance of these communities in helping to support federal lands and this money will help pay for essential services, such as firefighting and emergency response and to help improve school, water, and road systems.”

The money distributed to California will go to all counties eligible under the PILT program for tax revenue lost because of the federal land in their jurisdiction.  The counties receiving the largest payments are Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, Tulare, Kern, Fresno and Santa Barbara.

Payment eligibility is reserved for counties that contain nontaxable federal lands and provide government services related to public safety, housing, social services, transportation and the environment.

PILT payments are calculated using a formula provided in statute.  The annual PILT payments to local governments are computed based on the number of acres of federal entitlement
land within each county or jurisdiction and the population.  The lands include those managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest and National Park Systems, those affected by Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation water resources development projects, and others. Individual county payments may vary from the prior year as a result of changes in acreage data, which is updated yearly by the federal agency administering the land, and population data, which is updated by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

For more information on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, visit the Department of the Interior website http://www.doi.gov/pilt/.

California Counties Receiving PILT Payments FY 2007:

Alameda$1,255
Alpine

$84,457

Amador$17,508
Butte$30,541
Calaveras$72,440
Colusa$79,558
Contra Costa$3,297
San Diego$643,094
Del Norte$93,577
El Dorado$112,598
Fresno$1,020,886
Glenn$124,284
Humboldt$104,186
Imperial$1,803,554
Inyo$998,027
Kern$1,383,581
Kings$10,755
Lake$76,858
Lassen$496,311
Los Angeles

$723,127

Madera

$361,694

Marin$129,088
Mariposa$507,721
Mendocino$229,413
Merced$50,847
Modoc$347,769
Mono$574,999
Monterey$481,834
Napa$86,746
Nevada$40,485
Orange$74,905
Placer$78,718
Plumas$235,084
Riverside$1,907,243
Sacramento$13,878
San Benito$158,279
San Bernardino$1,808,465
San Francisco$13,306
San Joaquin$3,143
San Luis Obispo$619,602
San Mateo$15,815
Santa Barbara$1,009,347
Santa Clara$2,756
Santa Cruz$0
Shasta$197,437
Sierra$90,910
Siskiyou$517,163
Solano$10,080
Sonoma$4,300
Stanislaus$4,731
Sutter$0
Tehama$89,691
Trinity$309,193
Tulare$1,523,429
Tuolumne$784,999
Ventura$813,869
Yolo$45,064
Yuba$9,514
Total$21,026,411

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