An email from a reader asks about using federal funds paid to La Paz County to pay the debt to Yakima:
From 1999 to 2210 about $10 million has been allocated to La Paz County from the Department of the Interior in Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) which has gone into the County general fund.
Why can’t these funds be earmarked for paying off Mr Willett, or is that too sacred a item to discuss?
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UPDATE: We asked the County, and got this reply, which seems to indicate that the funds are already allocated every year:
PILT funds are inherently part of restrictive funding used for essential services and budgeted for.