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Interior distributes payments in lieu of taxes

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that more than 1,850 local governments around the country are receiving a record total of $393 million under the 2012 payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) program.

The payments are the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions and for providing public safety and other government services.

The local governments provide significant support for national parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas throughout the year, Salazar said.