Please contact your Delegates on the House Environment and
Transportation Committee and urge them to vote YES to Senate Bill 263,
and to help bring this bill to a vote.
This bill compensates counties for the state-owned land in their
area, by creating a Payment in Lieu of Taxes. The Senate passed this
bill UNANIMOUSLY, but it is now stuck in its House Committee. Your calls
and emails can help!
This bill creates a fair system of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)
to compensate local jurisdictions for the tax base loss from state-owned
The Senate passed this bill unanimously – recognizing that there are
real costs to jurisdictions to provide public services on lands, even if
they don’t collect local property taxes. A PILOT is a common means to
recognize this imbalance for tax-exempt property. The State and counties
use PILOTs in many other ways.
The Environment and Transportation Committee has heard SB 263, but
has not yet taken action. With time waning in the session, please urge
Committee leadership to bring the bill to a vote, and take action on
this important taxpayer fairness matter.
2016 House Environment & Transportation Committee
MACo’s Testimony for SB 263
MACo Contact: Michael Sanderson, Executive Director, MACo