MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Twenty-nine Michigan counties will be receiving more than $4 million from the federal government as part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. These are dollars owed to communities in lieu of taxes, because federal land is not taxable.
Getting the most money is Gogebic County, which receives more than $488,000. Ontonagon receives the second most, at about $465,000, followed by Delta County at $317,000, Keweenaw at $316,000 and Alger at $302,000 dollars.
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.
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