Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says this year’s “payment in lieu of taxes” to Alaska will total $28.5 million for the current fiscal year. That’s $2 million more than last year.
The state is being compensated for 225,480,644 acres of federal land. PILT funds go directly to local governments for the tax-exempt federal land within their boundaries.
PILT is an important part of the budget for some cities and boroughs. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will receive $3.45 million dollars in PILT. At the other end of the scale, Yakutat’s share is a little over $114,000.
Juneau’s portion of PILT is nearly $1.9 million.
- An online controversy spread to the halls of city government in Anchorage on Tuesday, with accusations flying about fake news, liberal media bias and a militant Islamic training camp in Wasilla that does not exist.
- Former Sen. John Glenn has died at 95. After a career as a Marine pilot, Glenn was chosen as an astronaut. He was the third American in space.
- In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade. The die-off appears to be slowing down now, but scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem.
- The pilot was alone, flying a small aircraft, according to the troopers.