Feds say rural Nevada getting $25.4M in PILT funds

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Updated: 6/18 6:23 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials say that 17 rural Nevada communities are getting a total of about $25.4 million this year under the government's annual Payments in Lieu of Taxes program.

The payments, mostly to rural counties, represent the largest allocation under the PILT program to jurisdictions that provide services like firefighting, police protection, schools, road construction and search and rescue operations in areas with non-taxable federal land.

The program seeks to compensate entities for tax revenue they can't collect from federal land.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says her department collects $14 billion annually from commercial activities such as oil and gas leasing, livestock grazing and timber harvesting on federal lands.

Some of that money returns to states and counties through revenue-sharing.

Some returns through a PILT formula tallied by population and acreage.

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