Full funding for the FFY2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program was authorized in December 2015 under the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package that will fund the federal government through September 2016. The bill appropriated a total of $452 million. The Department of the Interior has not released any specific payment information, however additional information should be available in late April or the beginning of May. Organized boroughs received their PILT payment directly from the Department of the Interior, typically in June. Cities in the unorganized borough will begin receiving their payments in State fiscal year 2017.
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.
Local Government Specialist V
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Juneau, AK 99811