PILT Legislative Update

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by NADO Admin

Funding for the Department of Interior’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program ended on September 30, with payments to rural communities ending last June.  A one-year $437 million funding extension was authorized under the 2014 farm bill (P.L. 113-79), but the current Continuing Resolution (CR) did not include an extension of funding.  With the CR set to expire on December 11, the future of PILT funding remains uncertain.  Congress will have to pass an omnibus spending bill or another stop-gap spending measure for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015.

 The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies included a one-year extension of funding for PILT when it marked up its FY2015 spending bill.  The full House Appropriations Committee approved the bill back in July.  The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee did not mark up a version of its bill.  A funding extension for PILT could be included in another legislative package if not extended in an omnibus or CR.  The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which provides funding for rural schools with national forest lands has been mentioned as a possibility.  NADO legislative staff will continue to monitor this issue closely.

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