Federal Budget Removes Funding for Local Counties

The $1.1 trillion budget approved earlier this month by Congress does not include funding the payment in-lieu-of-taxes program, which is a federal program that sends payments to Western states in which much of the land is owned by the federal government and therefore can’t be taxed by local governments.

Over the last two years, Wyoming counties received over $25 million in payments from the program. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi says that is an issue he'll look to resolve in the near future.

The Federal PILT funding has been restored for counties in Colorado, as a bipartisan group led by Democratic Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet was able to get an amendment restoring the funding inserted into the federal Farm Bill.

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