JULY 14, 2016 - Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a 67-percent increase of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for state forest and park lands. It’s contained in Fiscal Code amendments passed by the legislature as part of the 2016-17 budget approval.
The PILT increase will apply to lands currently owned by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) – increasing their total PILT amount from the current $3.60 to $6.00 per acre. The increase will take effect on July 1, 2017. Of the new $6.00 PILT per acre on DCNR land, $2.00 will go to the municipality, school district and county where the land is located. While the new PILT increase applies to DCNR land, the $3.60 figure remains in place for property owned by the Pa. Fish & Boat Commission and Pa. Game Commission.
Members of the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition express their appreciation to supportive Senate and House members, Governor Wolf, and the many other people who pulled together to make our mission a success. These higher PILT payments will provide significant tax relief to some of Pennsylvania's most stressed communities, particularly those in rural areas.