Douglas to get $653,884 in lieu of taxes |

Douglas to get $653,884 in lieu of taxes

R-C Capitol Bureau

PILT payments

Elko $3,463,465

Washoe $3,446,375

Clark $3,331,831

Nye $3,074,855

Churchill $2,199,782

Lyon $2,080,651

Humboldt $1,718,685

White Pine $1,216,406

Pershing $1,072,835

Lander $976,642

Lincoln $869,069

Mineral $696,817

Douglas $653,884

Eureka $348,149

Esmeralda $132,620

Carson City $120,016

Storey $37,402

Douglas County will get a check for $653,884 from the federal government as part of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program.

Nearly 65 percent of Douglas County’s 737 square miles is held in trust by federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“Over 85 percent of the land in Nevada is owned by the federal government, making it essential that Nevada receive its fair share,” said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday.

The program is designed to compensate counties where the vast majority of their land is federally owned and, therefore, exempt from paying property taxes. In some of Nevada’s counties, federal property is well above 90 percent of the land.

Reid announced Thursday that Nevada local governments will receive a record $25.4 million in payments under the PILT program this year.

Elko County received the biggest check according to the announcement, with $3,463,465, Washoe got the second largest amount with $3,446,375.

The smallest check goes to Storey County — $37,402. Carson City received the second lowest amount in the state with $120,016.