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Newhouse Statement on $29 Million in PILT Payments to Washington State to Support Vital Services in Communities

June 28, 2018
Press Release
PILT Program Compensates Communities for Supporting Nation’s Public Lands, Waters; Invests in Firefighters, Police, School and Road Construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Washington state local governments are receiving a total of $29 million under the 2018 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to local communities. This is the largest amount ever allocated in the program’s 40-year history.

Click here to read the letter from Secretary Zinke to Rep. Newhouse announcing PILT payments to Washington.

“PILT is a vital source of funding for services in rural communities in Central Washington with nontaxable federal lands,” said Rep. Newhouse. “PILT funds support public safety, education, and other local government responsibilities that residents rely on, and without action, these communities would face budget shortfalls.”

“Local communities contribute significantly to our nation's economy, food and energy supply, and help define the character of our diverse and beautiful country,” said Secretary Zinke. “These investments often serve as a lifeline for local communities as they juggle planning and paying for basic services like public safety, fire-fighting, social services and transportation.”

More information on PILT funding by state is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.