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Jun 27, 2018

Tester Announces 2018 Montana PILT Payments

Montana Counties will Receive $40 Million for Schools, Infrastructure, and Law Enforcement

(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Montana counties will receive $40 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for 2018.

Tester secured these PILT funds in March during debate on the bipartisan federal budget. Tester was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation who voted for PILT.

“Montana counties rely on these funds to provide public services and balance their budget,” Tester said. “This investment will help rebuild schools, plow roads, hire law enforcement officers, and perform other duties critical to rural America. As we debate next year’s budget, I will relentlessly fight tooth and nail to ensure local leaders, families, and businesses have the financial certainty they need to continue investing in their communities.”

Tester announced that 56 Montana counties will receive PILT payments this year. PILT payments are awarded to counties with federal lands that are not taxable by local governments. Those lands, however, require local government services, such as law enforcement and infrastructure.

Tester secured an additional $500 million for Montana counties through PILT in the 2019 Interior Appropriations Act. The Senate is expected to take a final vote on that legislation before the end of September.

Tester this spring led the charge to reauthorize another essential funding initiative for Montana counties, Secure Rural Schools (SRS). As a result of Tester’s efforts, Montana counties with forested lands received more than $17 million from SRS to compensate for the decline in timber production.

A full breakdown of PILT payments by county can be found HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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