On May 5, 2017, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244) which appropriated $465 million in discretionary funding for PILT. The Department of Interior is preparing the necessary calculations to issue payments for the FY 2017 PILT program. Payments are expected to be issued to states prior to June 30, 2017. Organized boroughs will receive their payment directly from the Department of Interior. DCRA is mailing the applications to apply for PILT funds to cities in the unorganized borough beginning the week of May 15, 2017. Cities in the unorganized borough will begin receiving payments in State fiscal year 2018.
The federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program provides payments to local governments that contain certain federally-owned lands known as "entitlement lands". PILT payments are intended to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within municipal boundaries. The U.S. Department of Interior administers PILT payments to boroughs, and DCRA administers federal PILT payments to cities within the unorganized borough. Eligible applicants in the unorganized borough are notified of the administrative requirements by April 1st each year. To receive funding, an eligible municipality must submit a resolution to the department that requests the distribution and verifies the municipality meets all eligibility requirements. Distributions under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program are made beginning in July of each fiscal year.
FY 18 PILT applications are due to DCRA no later than June 30, 2017. Applications are in the mail and should be received soon or use the documents listed below to apply:
Local Government Specialist V
P.O. Box 110809
Juneau, AK 99811-0809