WASHINGTON-- Idaho's senators are lashing out at the Obama administration for cutting some annual payments to local communities.
The payments in lieu of taxes, or PILT, are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal lands within their boundaries.
Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch say the administration chose to cut the PILT payments as part of federal budget cuts.
Since Idaho has a lot of federal lands, Crapo and Risch says the impact on the state will be significant, especially on rural counties.
In a statement, Risch said, Once again, the administration is trying to make the sequester as difficult as possible on the American people. The president talks about investing in infrastructure, like roads, education and first responders, yet the cuts they are making directly impact the very things the administration says are a priority.
Click on the link to find out more about PILT payments and how much each county will get.