[12/20/16] Inslee Budget Seeks Increase Of Nearly $1.2 Million In PILT Funding

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New money could soon be headed to hospitals, schools and fire districts in rural counties throughout Washington State thanks to Governor Jay Inslee’s operating budget proposal for 2017, which was released last week.

The fiscal draft calls for an increase of nearly $1.2 million for Payment In Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, which help fund critical services at the county and local level.

Bob Bugert, Partnerships Director with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust talked with KOHO and explained more about how the PILT system works and what infrastructural support it helps to provide…

122016 PILT Funds 1 :43 “…to our community”

An increase in PILT money would not only have a positive impact on county services, but also for many junior taxing districts within the state that offer support for entities such as water districts and boards that oversee weed control and cemeteries.

Bugert says the effort to raise PILT funding at the state level involves many organizations…

122016 PILT Funds 2 :55 “…rural economies budgets”

And, Kittitas County Commissioner, Paul Jewell agrees, underscoring the great need for additional PILT funding within the state and a change of perspective from Olympia…

122016 PILT Funds 3 1:05 “…to do it anymore”

Jewell’s county of Kittitas is expecting to bill the state $1.57 million for the 2017-2019 biennium. In 2015 Kittitas County received nearly $144,000. Chelan County got less than $25,000 in PILT money from the state last year, but is expecting to bill the capital for just over $163,000 for the 2017-2019 budget cycle.