Dept. of the Interior Program Helps Counties with Federal Lands, Installations

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced that 72 counties in Mississippi with tax-exempt, federal property will receive $2.32 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments for 2020.

The U.S. Department of the Interior issues the PILT payments to counties, with local officials retaining authority to allocate the funds that can be used to support public safety, public schools, social services, or infrastructure.

“While Mississippians appreciate that the federal government doesn’t own vast tracks property in our state like it does in other states, Mississippi is proudly home to national forests, wildlife refuges, and military installations.  These qualify host counties for welcomed PILT funds to offset revenues lost from hosting tax-exempt federal property,” Hyde-Smith said.

Hyde-Smith serves on the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the PILT program.

The largest FY2020 PILT payments for Mississippi include $255,000 to Lafayette County, $191,955 to Yalobusha County, $143,896 to Pike County, $129,000 to Grenada County, $124,147 to Sharkey County, and $102,897 to Wayne County.  At complete list of the PILT payments to Mississippi is available here and below.

PILT payments are issued annually for tax-exempt federal lands administered by Interior Department agencies, including the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The payments also account for lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as federal water projects and some military installations.  Awards are made on a formula based on population, revenue-sharing payments, and the amount of federal land in a county.

COUNTY                                                      PAYMENT   TOTAL ACRES

  1. ADAMS COUNTY                            $6,267             15,679
  2. ALCORN COUNTY                         $526                46
  3. AMITE COUNTY                             $14,273           35,709
  4. ATTALA COUNTY                          $6,968             2,464
  5. BENTON COUNTY                          $45,338           55,411
  6. BOLIVAR COUNTY                        $16,942           5,991
  7. CALHOUN COUNTY                      $46,438           16,422
  8. CHICKASAW COUNTY                  $22,114           27,091
  9. CHOCTAW COUNTY                      $13,581           12,919
  10. CLAIBORNE COUNTY                   $7,062             2,497
  11. CLAY COUNTY                               $9,544             3,375
  12. COAHOMA COUNTY                     $4,109             1,453
  13. COPIAH COUNTY                           $2,977             7,448
  14. COVINGTON COUNTY                  $116                41
  15. DE SOTO COUNTY                         $49,739           17,589
  16. FORREST COUNTY                         $55,853           50,964
  17. FRANKLIN COUNTY                      $38,750           96,950
  18. GEORGE COUNTY                          $3,515             8,794
  19. GREENE COUNTY                          $13,311           33,303
  20. GRENADA COUNTY                      $129,453         45,778
  21. HARRISON COUNTY                     $63,105           64,530
  22. HINDS COUNTY                              $3,216             1,137
  23. HOLMES COUNTY                          $2,678             947
  24. HUMPHREYS COUNTY                 $12,412           4,389
  25. ISSAQUENA COUNTY                   $36,052           12,749
  26. ITAWAMBA COUNTY                    $58,977           20,856
  27. JACKSON COUNTY                        $72,949           37,700
  28. JASPER COUNTY                            $11,074           17,517
  29. JEFFERSON COUNTY                    $4,275             10,696
  30. JONES COUNTY                              $40,406           32,980
  31. KEMPER COUNTY                          $1,258             445
  32. LAFAYETTE COUNTY                   $255,000         103,110
  33. LAUDERDALE COUNTY               $30,272           10,705
  34. LEAKE COUNTY                             $4,617             1,633
  35. LEE COUNTY                                   $6,439             2,277
  36. LEFLORE COUNTY                        $7,186             2,541
  37. LINCOLN COUNTY                        $3,166             7,920
  38. LOWNDES COUNTY                      $22,337           7,899
  39. MADISON COUNTY                       $8,837             3,125
  40. MARSHALL COUNTY                    $84,399           41,277
  41. MONROE COUNTY                         $67,292           23,796
  42. MONTGOMERY COUNTY             $340                120
  43. NESHOBA COUNTY                       $19,144           6,770
  44. NEWTON COUNTY                         $3,437             4,023
  45. NOXUBEE COUNTY                       $113                40
  46. OKTIBBEHA COUNTY                   $110                117
  47. PANOLA COUNTY                          $79,067           27,960
  48. PEARL RIVER COUNTY                $4,257             4,037
  49. PERRY COUNTY                             $143,896         163,451
  50. PONTOTOC COUNTY                     $1,077             748
  51. PRENTISS COUNTY                        $15,185           5,370
  52. QUITMAN COUNTY                       $241                85
  53. RANKIN COUNTY                          $144                51
  54. SCOTT COUNTY                             $34,444           86,176
  55. SHARKEY COUNTY                       $124,147         67,293
  56. SMITH COUNTY                              $31,166           73,384
  57. STONE COUNTY                             $17,627           44,100
  58. SUNFLOWER COUNTY                 $1,836             649
  59. TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY           $888                314
  60. TATE COUNTY                                $54,911           19,418
  61. TIPPAH COUNTY                            $14,053           9,664
  62. TISHOMINGO COUNTY                $76,908           27,196
  63. TUNICA COUNTY                           $8,345             2,951
  64. UNION COUNTY                             $11,434           8,355
  65. WARREN COUNTY                         $11,223           3,840
  66. WASHINGTON COUNTY               $17,546           6,205
  67. WAYNE COUNTY                           $102,897         90,348
  68. WEBSTER COUNTY                       $187                66
  69. WILKINSON COUNTY                   $8,984             22,477
  70. WINSTON COUNTY                        $25,786           28,849
  71. YALOBUSHA COUNTY                 $191,955         76,828
  72. YAZOO COUNTY                            $40,291           14,248

TOTAL                                                          $2,324,462      1,643,305