(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement made by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar that counties would receive federal payments by June 29. The Department of Interior makes payments to local counties due to loss of potential tax revenues on federal lands, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). This announcement comes one week after Senator Murray joined 35 members of Congress from both parties to send a letter to Secretary Salazar urging him to stop delaying federal payments that counties depend on to pay workers and continue operations. The letter was in response to the Department’s announcement that they would be making payments later than anticipated.
“I’m very glad that Secretary Salazar was able to speed up payments to Washington state counties,” said Senator Murray. “County governments are facing tight budgets and depend on these payments to pay their workers and continue daily operations.”