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Jun 29, 2020

Montana to Receive More than $35 Million in PILT Funding, Tester Announces

Funds will help counties provide critical services, infrastructure

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced Montana counties will receive more than $35 million in Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds in 2020 to provide critical law enforcement and infrastructure priorities.

“Montana counties rely on PILT funding to balance their budgets and provide critical services,” Tester said. “As local government coffers take a hit during this pandemic, these funds are even more important, and will help counties rebuild schools, plow roads, and hire the law enforcement officers they need to keep their communities thriving.”

PILT makes payments to counties with large amounts of untaxable federal land for services like law enforcement, mental health programs, and libraries. Tester secured $515.7 million in funding for PILT in last year’s government funding bill, and has called on Senate leadership to end start-and-stop payments and find a long-term solution for PILT to continue providing certainty for rural counties that depend on it.

Tester delivered $40 million in PILT funding to Montana counties in 2018, and was the only member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to vote for that funding.

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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