U.S. Congressman Bob Filner today announced Imperial County has been issued a payment of $3,155,434 from the Department of the Interior to offset the costs incurred by the county for services related to federal lands.
“These are direct payments that can go to pay for a wide variety of vital county services, from roads to emergency response,” said Congressman Filner. “Imperial County loses money for having federal lands in their jurisdiction, and this important program compensates them for that.”
Imperial County received the largest share of the funds in California. A total of $358 million was issued to 1,850 local governments nationwide.
The funds were allocated through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program which compensates local municipalities to help defray costs associated with maintaining services that support federal lands within their boundaries. Since local governments are prohibited from taxing federal lands, the PILT payments were authorized by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to help lessen the burden on local governments.