06.29.20

Gardner Announces Colorado to Receive More Than $41 Million in PILT Funding

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced today that 56 local governments in the state of Colorado will receive a total of $41,738,943 through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program provides funding to counties that contain federal land within their borders, offsetting the lost property tax revenue that comes from the non-taxable federal land located within the counties.

“The PILT program is an important resource for many counties in Colorado and across the country with large amounts of tax-exempt federal lands,”said Senator Gardner. “This year Colorado will receive more than $41 million in critical funding to support essential services like search and rescue missions, emergency medical services, law enforcement, school maintenance and upkeep, and infrastructure improvements in rural areas.”

The PILT program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states. Counties have used these payments for more than 40 years to fund law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response, and other essential county services.

Background: 

  • In April 2020, Senators Gardner and Michael Bennet (D-CO) called on Senate leaders to advance “a long-term solution” for the PILT program in order to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gardner and Bennet wrote to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in March 2020, requesting that they work to ensure the PILT program is fully funded in Fiscal Year 2021.
  • In December 2019, the year-end spending bill included full funding of the PILT program at $500 million, a priority of Gardner’s.
  • Gardner and Bennet introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the PILT program for ten years in September 2019.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.