Federal government pays $14 million in lieu of taxes

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management has begun sending payments totaling $14 million to 27 Alaska communities.

Every year BLM distributes the payments to offset the loss of tax revenue to local governments that have tax-exempt federal land within their jurisdiction. Those lands may include national parks, refuges, forests and military installations.

Among the communities getting the biggest payments in lieu of taxes are the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Matanuska Susitna Borough, both receiving more than $1.5 million. Juneau was next, with a payment of $1.06 million.

Fairbanks is in line to receive total payments of $962,000; Bethel will get $749,500; Kodiak will receive $685,000 and Ketchikan is getting $626,000; the North Slope Borough and Northwest Arctic Borough will each receive $489,000 and Anchorage will receive $403,500.

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