Michigan County Commissioners
Need to Take Action TODAY
Federal PILT Funding in Jeopardy
Dear MAC Members,
Below you will find information and 3 steps needed to take action on this critical issue. The first action is to have all county commissioners sign on to a NACO letter of support for PILT funding. The second action is to contact your Congressional House members and staff to urge them to fight for PILT funding. The third action is being completed by MAC Executive Director Tim McGuire, who has personally called Sen. Stabenow to ask her to sign the letter; Sen. Levin has already signed on. We need you to focus on steps 1 and 2; signing the letter and talking to House members.
Please contact me with any questions you may have.
MAC Director of Governmental Affairs
FY2014 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Payments in Jeopardy
Urge Congress to Fund the PILT Program In the Final FY2014 Appropriations Measure
Please join the National Association of Counties (NACo) in urging Congress to fund the PILT program! Congress has not yet acted to provide FY2014 funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program (administered through the U.S. Department of the Interior), which has caused much concern for counties that have already begun the budget process for next year. Without congressional action, counties will be forced to implement budget contingency plans-making cuts to critical local government services.
Immediate Action Needed on PILT
3. Urge your Senators to sign on to the PILT “Dear Colleague” letter sponsored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY).
If your Senator would like to add their name to the letter, please have their congressional staff contact Darrin Munoz (Sen. Enzi) at Darrin_Munoz@enzi.senate.gov or Jeanette Lukens (Sen. Udall) at Jeanette_Lukens@tomudall.senate.gov.
Background on PILT
The PILT program provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions. Counties with federal land in their jurisdictions often provide vital services on those lands, such as solid waste management, search and rescue and emergency medical services. Any delay or reduction of PILT dollars will disrupt county operations. Counties nationwide request swift passage of legislation to extend mandatory PILT funding for FY2014 and beyond.
NACo Resources on PILT
- To View NACo’s recently released presentation on PILT, click here
- To view NACo’s policy brief on PILT, click here
If you have any questions or comments, please contact NACo Associate Legislative Director Ryan Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org