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.
- Owners of the dilapidated Bergmann Hotel say they are selling their downtown properties. The historic hotel was shut down in March after being condemned by the city over safety hazards.
- The remains of Kyle Stevens, 31, have been found. Missing after taking off from Russian Mission last week, Stevens’ body was recovered Friday in the Yukon River near the village. The crashed plane was found days earlier.
- Tribal groups from opposite ends of the state have formed an alliance to fight mines they say threaten traditional fisheries.
- The deadline for bids and public comment on a proposed Haines-area timber sale has been extended. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of old growth Sitka spruce and western hemlock on the Chilkat Peninsula.