Tell Congressional Leaders to Support PILT & SRS

With 2019 nearing an end, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is leading a coalition of counties, school districts and other interested organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to fully fund the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for FY 2020 and reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program until a permanent solution is developed. Congress must work quickly to pass several bills to keep the government open and fund important programs before the end of the year – ideal opportunities to fully fund PILT and reauthorize the SRS program.

NACo’s goal is to collect signatures from every PILT and SRS-impacted county, school district, and state association before we send the letter to House and Senate leaders. If you are interested in signing onto this letter, please fill out this webform, and you will be added to it. The deadline to sign on as a supporter is 6 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 4.

The PILT program was created in 1976 and provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of substantial acreage of federal land in their jurisdictions. As federal land is not taxable by local governments, public land counties have struggled to provide adequate services to the public in light of the annual losses in tax revenue.

Created in 2000 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act as counties faced dramatic reductions in timber revenues from federal forest land, SRS funding supports essential county functions, including education, public safety and environmental stewardship.

Thank you for your efforts.