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Sen. Murkowski Welcomes PILT Payments to Alaskan Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the Department of the Interior is distributing $26.5 million to Alaskan communities in compensation for taxes that could not be levied on federal lands in their jurisdictions during fiscal year 2013.

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 search-and-rescue operations.

“Local governments provide many of the vital services that their residents depend on, from maintaining roads and schools to firefighting and police protection,” Murkowski said. “With the federal government managing 60 percent of Alaska, the payment in lieu of taxes program ensures that our local communities have the appropriate funds to provide services that would otherwise be supported through property taxes.”

Below are 2012 and 2013 payments to individual areas:

Community/Borough

2012 Payment

2013 Payment

ALEUTIANS EAST BOROUGH

$526,694

$512,818

ALEUTIANS WEST

$932,972

$911,561

BETHEL

$1,641,926

$1,672,655

BRISTOL BAY BOROUGH

$155,907

$152,159

DENALI BOROUGH

$308,014

$304,186

DILLINGHAM

$826,073

$811,164

FAIRBANKS NORTHSTAR BOROUGH

$420,248

$409,639

HAINES BOROUGH

$375,243

$366,573

HOONAH-ANGOON CENSUS AREA

$350,687

$345,394

JUNEAU CITY & BOROUGH

$1,793,885

$1,797,920

KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH

$2,676,120

$2,662,396

KETCHIKAN GATEWAY BOROUGH

$1,038,263

$1,017,546

KODIAK ISLAND BOROUGH

$1,433,723

$1,400,381

LAKE & PENINSULA BOROUGH

$276,962

$268,333

MATANUSKA SUSITNA BOROUGH

$3,289,009

$3,216,649

MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE

$680,395

$670,290

MUNICIPALITY-SKAGWAY

$129,870

$123,698

NOME

$1,162,044

$1,135,374

NORTH SLOPE BOROUGH

$1,162,044

$1,135,374

NORTHWEST ARTIC BOROUGH

$1,086,998

$1,062,047

PETERSBURG CENSUS AREA

$637,280

$623,623

PRINCE OF WALES

$670,334

$654,129

S.E. FAIRBANKS

$1,024,900

$1,001,367

SITKA CITY BOROUGH

$610,074

$596,029

VALDEZ/CORDOVA

$1,162,044

$1,135,374

WADE HAMPTON

$1,086,998

$1,062,047

WRANGELL BOROUGH

$395,518

$389,845

YAKUTAT BOROUGH

$107,265

$108,371

YUKON KOYUKUK

$932,972

$911,561

TOTAL

$26,894,462

$26,458,503

 

 

 

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