County Payments

The federal government compensates counties for the tax-exempt status of federal lands within their boundaries. For rural counties, particularly those with extensive public land ownership, these payments often constitute a significant portion of county and school budgets, and influence economic development opportunities.

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Time to Create a Natural Resources Trust

— Unlike most countries and state governments, the U.S. has not created a natural resources trust which could help meet volatility and spending challenges facing local and county governments.

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graph of county payments
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County Payments Research

— County governments are compensated for the tax-exempt status of federal public lands within their boundaries. These payments often constitute a significant portion of county and school budgets, particularly in rural counties with extensive public land ownership.

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