SACRAMENTO, CA – December 02, 2015 – The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) applaud Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) for his support of the Federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, and thank him for joining efforts to urge reauthorization. Federal PILT funding mitigates the impact to county governments from the losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within local government boundaries. In last year’s reauthorization, RCRC-member counties Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Glenn and Tehama received nearly $7.2 million.
“Federal PILT is a critical funding source for California’s counties, particularly as many rural counties contain significant federal landholdings, and Federal PILT counts as a sizable share of increasingly shrinking rural county budgets,” said Nate Beason, RCRC Immediate Past Chair and Nevada County Supervisor. “RCRC and our individual counties are grateful for Congressman LaMalfa’s leadership in urging his colleagues to support Federal PILT to protect services such as law enforcement, firefighting, search-and-rescue operations, construction and maintenance of roads, and many other vital local services.”
Congressman LaMalfa has signed onto Representatives Jared Polis’ (D-Colorado) and Chris Steward’s (R-Utah) “Dear Colleague” letter (accessed here) requesting full funding for Federal PILT. Earlier this year through RCRC, 30 California counties adopted resolutions urging Congress to reauthorize and fully fund Federal PILT. Additional information on this endeavor can be accessed here.
ABOUT RURAL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES OF CALIFORNIA (RCRC)
The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-four member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. RCRC is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties. To learn more about RCRC, visit rcrcnet.org and follow @RuralCounties on Twitter.