Garfield County to receive over $1M from fed lands |

Garfield County to receive over $1M from fed lands

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County will soon receive about a large chunk of change from the federal government in compensation for forgone tax revenue from federal lands in the county.

Garfield County will receive $1,078,521 based on 1,187,973 federal acres, said Jim Sample, a spokesman for the BLM.

The money the county will receive, which is to be a part of $228 million the federal government will pay to county governments, is to help local counties pay for essential services like firefighting, emergency response and to help improve school, road and water systems, according to a BLM statement.

Eligibility for the payment is reserved for local governments that have nontaxable federal lands and provide government services related to public safety, housing, social services, transportation and the environment, the statement said.

The payments that are distributed to local governments are calculated using a mandated formula, based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land and the population within each county or jurisdiction, the statement said.

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