County Receives $373,320 Through Refuge Revenue Sharing Program

(Jackson, Wyo.) - National Elk Refuge Manager Steve Kallin announced that Teton County, Wyoming has received $373,320 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Fiscal Year 2015 revenue sharing allotment. As an agency of the United States Government, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is exempt from taxation; lands acquired by the Service are removed from the tax rolls. However, the Service makes payments to counties for the lands they administer through the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act. The payment offsets the tax losses to the county or other local unit of government by paying an amount that often equals or exceeds that which would have been collected from taxes had the land been held in private ownership. Payments made pursuant to the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act relate entirely to lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These payments are funded and administered separately from other Federal revenue sharing measures such as those made under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Act. Teton County’s payment was based upon the acreage and current value of National Elk Refuge land. The assessment on Service-administered areas changes, just like assessments on private lands change. The Service reappraises the market value of these areas at least once every five years. More information on the Refuge Revenue Sharing program can be found at *Feature Photo: From the Visitor Center Lawn. Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS* #buckrail #news