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Property Tax Equivalency on Federal Resource Management Lands

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Abstract:

As revenue-sharing payments from federal lands decline, government officials and resource professionals are increasingly concerned about the equivalency between federal payments on resource management lands and likely property taxes those lands could generate. We developed tax equivalency information through a nationwide random sample of 105 counties, where we simulated agency property taxes after working with county assessors and agency land personnel. We found that although tax-equivalent counties receive somewhat larger federal payments, the big difference is in tax bills: Tax-equivalent counties have substantially lower tax bills than nonequivalent counties.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Principal Economist and Project Leader Economic Aspects of Ecosystem Management Research Work Unit, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, PO Box 8089 Missoula, MT, 59807, eschuster@fs.fed.us 2: Economist Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana, Missoula

Publication date: 2001-05-01

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