Over twenty U.S. Representatives have signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee, requesting full funding for the PILT (Payments In Lieu of Taxes) program for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24).  The President’s Budget for FY24, released in early March, calls on the Department of the Interior to provide $535 million in funding for PILT. RCRC, with the assistance of our federal lobbyist team at American Continental Group, Inc., joined NACo in securing signatures for the letter. Several members of the California Delegation have signed the letter, including Representatives Jim Costa (D-Fresno), Jared Huffman (D-North Coast), Mike Thompson (D-Napa), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Monterey). Federal PILT remains a critical funding source for many of California’s rural counties, many of which contain significant federal landholdings where Federal PILT counts as a sizable share of the county services budget.