Idaho counties get federal payments in lieu of taxes

Idaho’s 44 counties got $26.5 million in payments from the federal government in lieu of taxes for its lands in the state.

More than 60 percent of Idaho is federal public land and Idaho’s payments are part of a record $393 million payments to 2,000 local governments nationwide, the largest amount ever distributed.

“It is hard to overstate the impact of (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) funding for rural counties in particular, where these investments can make the difference in keeping a search and rescue crew on the job or a teacher in the classroom,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “It is a program we firmly believe should be extended, and we hope Congress will take the action that’s needed.”

This year’s PILT program is the last to be funded under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which enacted a five-year authorization for funding full entitlement levels of the program. The 2013 budget proposes a one-year extension that includes the current formula based on number of acres and population.

County officials for years have complained because the PILT payments were never fully funded until 2008. Even then they say they don't cover full costs. But then again the federal government pays to fight fires.

Elmore County, which has 1,355,467 acres of public land got the highest payment of $2.2 million. Idaho County has the most acres, 4,520,215, but it only got $1.5 million.

Lewis County only had 3,082 acres and got only $7,605. Here's a site to get the PILT payments by county.

List of counties?

Where can one find a list of counties and what funding they will receive?

I'll add it to the story


Thanks for the info

I will pass it along to my readers.

do you have a link to

"Where can one find a list of counties and what funding they will receive?" just adding three counties to your story doesn't cut it, especially when you fail to report on the formula that paid Elmore County 50% more per acre than Idaho County.

I believe the formula also

I believe the formula also takes into account the population of the county, which would explain why Elmore would get more than Idaho.

You might try

clicking on the blue words at the end of the story before you complain.

You might try

Understanding that the online articles are works in progress and are usually changed through out the day.

New here?

List was added later.

Rommey will cut this budget.

The GOP will stop this cold next year. No money for the lands, fire-fighters, and repairing the highway system. Go Rommey, the Puppet.

Are you naturally ignorant?

Or did you have surgery?

Rocko Krapo

Typical Rocko story.

Hey, how about explaining WHY the counties get this money?


Someone please inform the Idaho County Commissioners that they will, indeed, receive PILT funds and they should stop complaining that they can't make their budget work without the money. Jim Chmelik is going around ignoring the Congressional action.