Chairman Smith: Loss of PILT Revenue is Significant Hit for Pinal County and Other Counties as well

1/21/2014

FLORENCE – Chairman Anthony Smith said on Thursday that a loss of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds will be a big blow to Pinal County coffers. The loss comes after the United States House of Representatives and Senate voted for an omnibus spending bill, but omitted 2014 PILT payments.

Payment in Lieu of Taxes are Federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable Federal lands within their boundaries. Arizona received $32.2 million in 2013, with $1.1 million heading to Pinal County.

“This is quite a big hit to Pinal County taxpayers,” said Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith. “It is also a hit to state as well. I am very disappointed that this bill did not include PILT payments.”

Chairman Smith said that he is currently working with the County Supervisors Association and federal lobbyists to correct the omission of PILT.

“There is language in this bill that allows further action to be taken to bring back PILT payments,” Smith said. “I am hoping that our congressional delegation can work on a bill that will reinstate these needed payments to all Arizona counties.”
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