WASHINGTON – Twenty-nine Michigan counties, including several in the U.P.,  will receive a total of more than $4.1 million from the Interior Department as part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced today. The federal government provides PILT payments to local governments to offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries.

“Michigan’s National Forests and other federal lands are a huge part of what makes our state special,” Levin said. “These payments allow us to preserve and protect these resources while reducing the financial burden on local communities that do not receive tax revenue from these lands.”

“At a time when local communities across Michigan are hit hard by budget cuts, this support is critical to maintaining infrastructure, public safety and other local services,” Stabenow said. “This will help ensure the continuing partnership between our local communities and our National Forests and other federal lands that contribute so much to our Michigan way of life.”

PILT payments are calculated based on a formula that includes the number of acres of federal land within each county and the population of that county. Federal lands include the National Forest and National Park Systems, Bureau of Land Management lands, and areas affected by Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation projects.

PILT payments will go to the following Michigan counties:

County   PILT FY 2013 Payment

Alcona      99,273

Alger        302,759

Baraga     72,118

Benzie     20,133

Chippewa        214,251

Crawford        54,458

Delta               317,360

Gogebic          488,396

Houghton       281,543

Iosco               119,945

Iron                 329,887

Keweenaw     316,511

Lake               160,028

Leelanau       100,777

Mackinac      61,778

Manistee       90,129

Marquette     36,552

Mason            98,779

Mecosta         2,756

Montcalm       3,107

Muskegon       26,315

Newaygo          84,099

Oceana             69,764

Ogemaw          1,971

Ontonagon    465,273

Oscoda          76,504

Schoolcraft     195,336

Wayne             2,873

Wexford         95,270

TOTAL        4,187,945