Localities getting federal funds for untaxed land
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- West Virginia counties in forest communities are getting nearly $2.9 million in federal funds.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall said the Department of the Interior is issuing the checks under the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program. The program compensates localities for national forests, wildlife refuges and other lands owned by the federal government and therefore is not subject to local taxation. Rahall said the program has been extremely important in assisting schools and communities in rural counties. The largest payment in the state will go to Pocahontas County, which will receive more than $748,000.