ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Local governments around the state are getting an annual windfall from the federal government.
The Bureau of Land Management last week began distributing more than $9 million to local governments as payment in lieu of taxes.
The payments are intended to offset the loss of tax revenue in communities that have federal land within their jurisdictions, including park lands, military installations, wildlife refuges and federal forests.
The largest payments will go to the Matanuska Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough with each receiving more than $1 million.
This year's total payout to Alaska communities is $350,000 more than last year.
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