Mohave County wants federal funds returned for lands oversight

MohaveBy Jim Seckler | The Daily News

Mohave County is asking Arizona’s congressional delegation to bring federal money back to the county coffers.

The board recently voted to ask Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to sponsor legislation that would allocate revenue from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the county’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools. The federal government compensates counties by way of the PILT to offset losses in tax revenues; state and local government are forbidden to levy taxes on federal government property. The LWCF generates more than $1 billion from oil and gas royalties.

District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson said the county provides law enforcement, road maintenance, search and rescue and other services on public lands and blamed the loss of revenue on the sequestration, which were automatic spending cuts passed by Congress in the summer. He also suggested that all the elected officials in the county and cities in Mohave County should sign the resolution.


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