Macon County received nearly $340K in 2013
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan sent a bipartisan letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to request full funding of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program in the upcoming appropriations bill. More than 1.7 million acres in North Carolina are federal lands that cannot be taxed, and as a result, county governments lose vital tax revenue each year. Many North Carolina counties depend on PILT to help pay for essential services, such as law enforcement, public safety, infrastructure maintenance, education and health services.
In 2013, Macon County received $338,741 in PILT payments due to the presence of 153,078 acres of federal land in the county.
“A fully funded PILT program helps to offset the loss of these important revenues and fulfill the federal government’s obligation to local communities with large amounts of federal land,” Hagan and her colleagues wrote in the letter, which can be read in its entirety here. “We urge you to consider the economic hardship and uncertainty that counties across the nation will face if the PILT program is not given consistent funding.”
In North Carolina last year, 43 counties received $3,997,200 in PILT funding.
“I have been given assurances by House leadership that PILT will be brought up during consideration of the Farm Bill or in the near future," said Rep. Mark Meadows. "My office has been working tirelessly to make sure these benefits continue, as they are critical to our counties in Western North Carolina. I will continue to press and work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure PILT is protected in order to give the counties in the 11th District that depend on this program the certainty they need when crafting their annual budgets.”