Rural Alaska communities in line for federal funds

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Federal officials say 29 local governments in rural Alaska are receiving a total of more than $28.5 million through the 2014 Payments in Lieu Of Taxes program.

The payments announced Tuesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are part of nearly $437 million in PILT funds allocated to almost 1,900 local governments around the country.

Officials say the payments represent the largest amount paid out under the program, which compensates local governments and counties for nontaxable federal land in their jurisdictions.

The program is available to local governments and mostly rural counties that provide support for national wildlife refuges, parks and recreation areas.

Officials say the program this year is the last to be funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014. The president's 2015 budget proposes to extend the program.