June 27, 2024

Wyden, Merkley Announce $30.1 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Oregon

Program provides funds to communities that support Oregon’s public lands, waters; invests in firefighters, police, schools, road construction

WASHINGTON D.C.— U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced counties throughout Oregon will receive more than $30.1 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2024. Because local governments cannot tax federal lands, annual PILT payments help to defray the costs associated with maintaining important community services. 

“Oregonians cherish our public lands, and we need to make sure local communities have all the tools they need to help improve quality of life and steward our natural treasures,” Wyden said. “These PILT payments are vital to help local governments carry out necessary services like firefighting, search-and-rescue operations, road construction, schools and police protection. I’m gratified to see PILT payments to Oregon are up nearly $3 million over 2023, and I’ll continue to monitor payments to ensure each county gets its fair share.”   

“Public lands are a treasure in rural Oregon, but they must not prevent communities from having the resources they need to pay for quality schools, emergency services, and safe infrastructure,” Merkley said. “This federal investment is vital for Oregonian’s communities. I will keep working to protect PILT payments so communities and families across Oregon have the stability they deserve.”

PILT payments are made for tax-exempt federal lands administered by federal bureaus including the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction. 

Individual payments may vary from year to year as a result of changes in acreage data, which are updated annually by the federal agency administering the land; prior-year federal revenue-sharing payments reported annually by the governor of each state; and inflationary adjustments using the Consumer Price Index and population data, which are updated using information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Senators Wyden and Merkley continue to monitor PILT payments closely and will advocate for fair payments for every county.  

Here is a breakdown of PILT payments per Oregon county:

Oregon County 2024 PILT Payment Total Acres of Federal Land
Baker $1,576,690 1,016,410
Benton $168,792 74,430
Clackamas $786,90 617,455
Clatsop $7,991 940,461
Columbia  $36,696 10,961
Coos $662,003 244,052
Crook $2,073,282 940,461
Curry $1,072,828 687,737
Deschutes $3,665,271 1,445,487
Douglas $796,153 1,659,704
 Gilliam $149,675     45,757
 Grant $846,941   1,765,580
Harney $1,474,026  4,462,615
Hood River $291,225  205,855
Jackson $1,933,487 909,922
Jefferson $640,626 305,319
Josephine $1,743,651 714,226
Klamath $1,070,988 2,232,639
Lake $1,474,026 3,692,647
Lane $833,837 1,738,261
Lincoln $92,572 192,982
Linn $269,343 561,487
Malheur $3,536,353 4,299,188
Marion $108,456 226,094
Morrow $371,351 150,971
Multnomah $65,401 82,322
Polk $137,868 41,984
Sherman $177,496 53,672
Tillamook $65,474 136,490
Umatilla $1,310,765 420,250
Union $1,552,674 624,214
Wallowa $674,117 1,171,21
Wasco $177,360 220,074
Washington $46,816 13,984
Wheeler $144,906 302,080
Yamhill $79,410 58,758
TOTAL $30,115,454 31,326,859

A full list of funding by state and county is available on the Department’sPayments in Lieu of Taxes page.