Socorro County Annex

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 32 counties across New Mexico will receive $40,268,203 through the Department of Interior’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

The PILT funding is used by local governments across New Mexico to provide crucial services to residents, such as police, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance, and more.

Socorro County is set to receive $1,502,03. A drop from last year’s $1,735,241.

PILT provides federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes because of nontaxable federal land within their jurisdictions, including national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management land. New Mexico counties received payments for over 22 million acres of nontaxable federal land. The over $40 million for New Mexico funding was approved as part of $500 million included in the Department of Interior’s portion of the Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was enacted into law in February with the support of Udall and Heinrich.

“PILT payments are a vital resource for rural communities across New Mexico, helping to support essential services like schools, roads, and public safety,” said Udall, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. “I’m proud to continue working to deliver these critical payments for New Mexico. But without permanent PILT funding, communities are often left wondering whether they will receive the payments they rely on – and are owed – to provide these basic services. Local governments deserve predictable funding and budget certainty in order to properly plan for the future. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I’m committed to fighting for full, permanent PILT funding to make sure that New Mexico counties have the economic security and stability they need to thrive.”

“Rural communities rely on PILT payments to provide basic services to residents like road maintenance and public safety services,” Heinrich said. “I am glad that we fully funded PILT this year and these payments are being made on a timely basis, but we still must pass permanent, long-term funding so that rural counties have certainty when they are writing their budgets. I will continue to advocate for permanent funding for PILT and Secure Rural Schools program.”

The PILT program is administered by the Department of the Interior, which calculates annual payments to local governments based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county and the population of that county. The lands include the National Forest and National Park Systems, lands in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge System, and areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The full list of New Mexico PILT payments for Fiscal Year 2019 is available below.

BERNALILLO COUNTY -- $221,040

CATRON COUNTY -- $668,680

CHAVES COUNTY -- $3,288,905

CIBOLA COUNTY -- $1,943,508

DONA ANA COUNTY -- $3,258,664

EDDY COUNTY -- $3,651,580

GRANT COUNTY -- $2,216,950

HIDALGO COUNTY -- $726,660

LEA COUNTY -- $1,153,450

LINCOLN COUNTY -- $1,811,096

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY -- $92,880

LUNA COUNTY -- $2,042,926

MCKINLEY COUNTY -- $983,855

QUAY COUNTY -- $4,954

RIO ARRIBA COUNTY -- $2,427,525

ROOSEVELT COUNTY -- $29,453

SAN JUAN COUNTY -- $2,368,930

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY -- $888,881

SANDOVAL COUNTY -- $2,330,950

SANTA FE COUNTY -- $793,795

SIERRA COUNTY -- $1,178,061

SOCORRO COUNTY -- $1,502,03

TAOS COUNTY -- $1,836,464

TORRANCE COUNTY -- $334,820

UNION COUNTY -- $159,796

VALENCIA COUNTY -- $84,478