They complain about Uncle Sam, but the also cash his checks

Brief by Central Staff

Public Land – December 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

We often hear various rural county commissioners complain about the federal government, but we haven’t heard of any county government that doesn’t cash the federal PILT checks.

PILT is an acronym for Payment In Lieu of Taxes. Governments can’t tax other governments, and so federal land is exempt from local property taxes. But county governments still incur costs when they serve public lands with law enforcement, search and rescue, and the like.

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Not exactly welcomed at Ski Cooper

Letter from Roger Williams

Public land – June 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine


I have a few comments about this little ski area off Tennessee Pass. I haven’t skied Cooper; but driving over the pass one summer, I turned off and drove up the hill for a look at it. There was a boom gate but half of it was open so I carried on. I drove round the base area and had a look at it, including the service shed with a Snow-Cat, Ski-Dozer or two; I’m a fan of crawler tractors.

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Overprotecting our back yard

Essay by Steve Voynick Public Land – June 1994 – Colorado Central Magazine The perception of our national forests largely depends on who’s perceiving. If you live in New York City, L.A., or even Denver, the national forests are some distant, out-of-sight, out-of-mind tracts of federally owned land, conveniently managed by the government. But if …

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