11 rural counties to receive PILT funds

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Rep. Pete Stauber recently announced the U.S. Department of Interior will distribute more than $4.5 million in Payment In Lieu of Taxes funds to Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District to be distributed among 11 rural counties, according to a press release.

“PILT allocations are crucial to our local economies as the presence of large swaths of un-taxable federally controlled land across northeast Minnesota places budgetary limitations on many rural counties,” Stauber said in a news release. “I am pleased to hear that for fiscal year 2020, Minnesota is set to receive over $4.5 million in funding to support essential services like law enforcement, search and rescue, and road repair in these rural areas.”

The breakdown of funds is as follows:

  • Aitkin County: $3,495,

  • Cass County: $561,461,

  • Chisago County: $7,022,

  • Cook County: $619,930,

  • Crow Wing County: $1,185,

  • Hubbard County: $586,

  • Itasca County: 506,001,

  • Koochiching County: $11,368,

  • Lake County: $955,343,

  • Pine County: $5,806,

  • St. Louis County: $1,885,501.

The Payment In Lieu of Taxes program provides resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states. Counties have used these payments for more than 40 years to fund law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response and other essential county services.

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