Washington, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced Ventura County will receive more than $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Interior through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to help local governments maintain critical community services.

“Our rural communities are a critical component of Ventura County’s diverse economy,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “As a longtime supporter of the PILT grant program, I am pleased to see Ventura County receive this funding. This crucial investment will help our local governments provide vital services – including firefighters, law enforcement, school construction, and infrastructure improvements – that ensure our community can continue to be a safe and quality place to work and raise a family.”

“The County is pleased to learn we will receive $1,570,684 in PILT funding this year thanks to the support of Congresswoman Julia Brownley.  This funding will support critical safety, social and health care services Countywide; we especially thank her for signing on as a co-sponsor of federal legislation that would permanently authorize PILT funding,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer.

Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Brownley has consistently advocated for continued funding for this critical program and to make it permanent.

Ventura County received a total of $1,570,684 in PILT funding for FY2019.

PILT program eligibility is reserved for local governments (mostly rural counties) that contain non-taxable federal lands to provide vital services, such as public safety, housing, social services, and transportation. PILT seeks to compensate them for the lost tax revenue from these federal lands.

A full list of funding by state and county is available here.

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