SEARCH: National Wildlife Refuge Fund payments to local governments

Every year, hundreds of U.S. territories, counties, cities, towns and villages – from Alaska to Florida – are compensated for the presence of federal lands within their boundaries. These payments are meant to offset revenue that is lost because the lands are exempt from local property taxes.

Payments for national wildlife refuges are compensated through the National Wildlife Refuge Fund through a complex formula. However, because those payments are limited by how much Congress allocates to the fund each year, local governments almost never receive the full amount due.

The last time Congress fully funded the program was 1981.

Below are payments made to local governments in 2016, showing the maximum amount allowed via the funding formula, how much they actually received and the difference.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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