Restore Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Funds for 36 Counties


Restore Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Funds for 36 Counties

WHEREAS the state of California through the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has purchased private land for the establishment of wildlife management areas and for environmental purposes effectively removing that land from the county property tax rolls in these 36 counties: Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Yolo and Yuba; and

WHEREAS from 1957 through 2002 the state of California compensated counties for the loss of property taxes – i.e. Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) – due to the establishment of wildlife management areas but DFW did not make
PILT fund payments to counties from 2002 to 2015 and this loss of revenue for these counties has negatively impacted public safety, fire prevention and fire fighting, social programs for the homeless, including veterans and families with children, mental health programs including domestic violence and drug alcohol programs to name a few; and

WHEREAS in 2015-16 the Legislature appropriated $8 million in funding to pay the arrearages but the 2015-16 final State Budget Package eliminated the $8 million in arrearages that has been required for 45 years under F&G 1504 and in addition made the PILT payments “permissive” rather than required; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports payment in full of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes arrearages owed to the 36 affected counties by the appropriation of $8 million to the DFW; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be communicated to the Governor, the Senate President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the State Assembly.

Sponsored by LACDP; San Diego County DCC; Del Norte DCC; Sierra DCC; El Dorado DCC; Tehama DCC; Nevada
DCC; Mendocino DCC; Mariposa DCC; Contra Costa DCC; Lake County DCC; Siskiyou DCC; Sutter County DCC;
Placer County DCC; Humboldt County DCC; Sutter County DCC; Shasta County DCC; Regions 1, 2, 4 and 12; Lake
County Democratic Club; El Cerrito Democratic Club; El Dorado Democratic Club; Oakhurst Democratic Club; San
Joaquin Democratic Club; Garry Shay, Chair, Rules Committee, DNC Member; Jamie Beutler, Chair Rural Caucus;
Hilary Crosby, CDP Controller; Jess Durfee, DNC San Diego; Ashleigh Evans, AD 22; Dotty LeMieux, CDP EBoard
Rep., Marin County DCC; Lenore L. Albert, Appointed Delegate CA DSCC 2015-16; Ralph Miller, Secretary CDP
Progressive Caucus, CDP EBoard Rep. Marin/Sonoma; Leah Hertzberg, LACDP. CDP EBoard; RL Miller, Chair CDP
Environmental Caucus; Alexia Baca, Delegate AD 23; Susan Rowe, Chair Madera County DCC, CDP EBoard; Ces
Rosales, Northern CA Vice Chair, CDP Women’s Caucus; Cindy Ellsmore, Chair Sierra County DCC: Margaret
Joehnck, Nevada County DCC, EBoard member; Carol Laval, CDP EBoard AD 23; Vincent Casalaina, Northern Vice
Chair, CDP Progressive Caucus; Mayme Huber, AD 10; Tyron Jordan, AD 18; Michael Sutter, AD 62; Kathleen
Mintert, Chair El Dorado County Democratic Women; Elizabeth Lasensky, DFA Member, Davis, CA; Peter Leinau, AD
5; William Fjellbo, CDP EBoard Rep, Madera DCC; Susie Shannon, CDP Region 12 Director; Susan McCall
Carrasco, AD 23; Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero, CDP EBoard Rep, AD 23; Joe Wildman, Region 1, Regional Director;
Charlie Brown, CDP Vice Chair Rural Caucus, Placer DCC, EBoard delegate; Craig Cheslog, Director, Region 2,
CDP Rural Caucus Vice Chair, EBoard Rep. Contra Costa; Patty Hughes, CDP Vice Chair, EBoard Rep; Jennie
Kleaver, Regional Director, Region 1; Rob Rowen, Chair, Shasta County

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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