Wyoming Lawmakers Tweak Budget on Local Govt. Funding
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee voted Friday to reduce possible state compensation for counties that stand to lose payments that cover lost tax revenue from federal lands.
Congress has called for ending the federal payment in lieu of taxes program this year, a move that would cost Wyoming counties about $25 million.
The Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to recommend $175 million for local government funding statewide. It called for taking $25 million of that amount to reimburse counties if the federal funding disappeared.
The committee backed up on Friday. It voted to restrict any possible reimbursement to only those counties that receive 5 percent or more of their revenues from the federal PILT program. Officials said they didn’t have figures immediately on how many counties that would be.