Costa Announces $3.4 Million in Federal Payments to Fresno, Merced, and Madera Counties

June 13, 2013

Washington, D.C.-  Rep. Jim Costa announced today that Fresno, Merced, and Madera Counties has received more than $3.4 million under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program as compensation for lost property tax revenue from non-taxable federal lands. Though the guaranteed funds for the PILT program expire this year, Costa has urged the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee to extend the program. Fresno, Merced, and Madera Counties depend on these funds to help keep teachers, police, firefighters, and nurses on the job.

“Federal lands provide our community with recreation, conservation, and energy production, but they provide no tax base to help counties provide critical services,” said Costa. “With the budgetary challenges our Valley counties are facing, any assistance goes directly to keeping teachers in the classroom and first responders on the streets.  This program provides the revenue necessary to bridge the fiscal gap, and I will continue to fight to see that this program is extended.”

Valley counties in the 16th Congressional District received the following PILT payments:

Fresno- $2,457,670

Madera County- $907,000

Merced County- $85,168

Local governments receive funding through the PILT program based on the number of acres of federal land within each jurisdiction and population. The payments are intended to compensate local communities for the equivalent of the taxes that would have been collected if the lands were privately owned.