WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,
today announced that the Department of the Interior is
distributing nearly $27 million to Alaskan communities in
compensation for taxes that could not be levied on federal
lands in their jurisdictions during fiscal year 2012.
The Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program provides
monetary compensation to local governments that contain
National Forests, Bureau of Land Management public lands,
National Parks and other lands dedicated to water resource
development projects. The revenue helps local governments
provide vital services, such as firefighting and police
protection, construction of public schools and roads, and
"With the federal government owning 60 percent of Alaska,
the payment in lieu of taxes program ensures communities a
source of funding to pay for emergency services, roads and
other items that would otherwise be supported through local
property taxes," Murkowski said.
Below are 2011 and 2012 payments to individual areas.