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Counties getting funds for land owned by feds

September 20, 2000

Counties getting funds for land owned by feds



The U.S. Bureau of Land Management today is sending county governments in the Tri-State area checks totaling $15,191, payments in lieu of taxes for federally owned local land.

In all, the Bureau of Land Management is sending checks totaling $134 million to 1,977 local governments.

The payments are for nontaxable federal land and are intended to help local governments offset some of the lost revenue if the lands were taxable.

The funds are often used for public safety and public schools programs.

Washington County, with 6,888 acres of National Park Service land, will receive $13,046, an increase of $1,802 from 1999. Washington County is getting about 24 percent of the $54,411 being sent to Maryland.

Jefferson County, W.Va., with 1,791 acres of National Park Service land, will get $1,579, an increase of $138.

Franklin County, Pa., with 717 acres of the Appalachian Trail, is receiving $566, an increase of $29.

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