SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah will receive about 19-point-six (M)million dollars from the federal government in lieu of taxes. That's a 500-thousand dollar increase from last year.
The P-I-L-T program was created to compensate counties with large blocks of federal land that can't be taxed. Since its enactment, the program has never been fully funded by Congress.
Lawmakers are currently debating a 2006 budget that calls for about 80 percent funding for the program.
Utah congressman Chris Cannon told the Deseret Morning News that the modest increase over last year's funding is good news. However, he said Utah and every other state should be receiving the fully authorized level of P-I-L-T funding, not some fraction.
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