Farm bill includes payments to rural counties for police, fire, roads

  • by: MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 1:30 PM

WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

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