U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The Interior Department has awarded Nevada $29.15 million through the Payments In Lieu of Taxes program for this fiscal year.
PILT is designed to compensate local governments in counties which are largely federally owned and, therefore, exempt from state and local property taxes. The federal government controls more than 90 percent of the land in some Nevada counties.
The money is issued to support local law enforcement, first responders, public education, housing and conservation projects, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., said in a news release.
Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., said PILT enables rural communities to afford essential services.
The payments are made annually for tax-exempt lands administered by the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife service and the U.S. Forest Service as well as some military installations.
Both Nevada senators are co-sponsors of the Small County PILT Parity Act, legislation that would modify the PILT formula so that counties with populations under 5,000 would receive increased PILT payments.
COUNTY PAYMENT TOTAL ACRES
Carson City $122,690 42,807
Churchill County $2,552,647 2,135,115
Clark County $3,867,410 4,810,864
Douglas County $747,993 255,954
Elko County $3,846,557 7,905,040
Esmeralda County. $175,161 2,253,155
Eureka County $408,248 2,156,826
Humboldt County $1,954,961 4,978,712
Lander County $1,110,885 3,332,331
Lincoln County $988,493 6,412,564
Lyon County $2,425,829 859,166
Mineral County $812,776 1,936,566
Nye County $3,587,550 8,547,900
Pershing County $1,220,277 2,918,834
Storey County $42,508 14,474
Washoe County $3,924,053 2,934,404
White Pine County $1,358,658 5,185,695
Total $29,146,696 56,680,407