The state Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced it has made more than $1.17 million in payments to 31 of Washington’s 39 counties. The money is for Payments In Lieu of Taxes and local assessments on WDFW-owned land.
In our area, Thurston County received $43,039.77 for assessments, Pierce County received $7,792.30 in assessments, King County received $34,591.75 for assessments and Kitsap County received $1,610.74 for assessments.
Assessments totaled $332,042.89 to 28 counties for weed control, fire protection, storm water control, irrigation, and other services provided by lake management districts and conservation districts, according to a department news release.
The in lieu of tax payments totaled $845,121.74 to 14 counties covering 491,128.99 acres of agency-owned land.
The department is the only state agency that makes in-lieu tax payments on property it owns and manages.
Each county can either retain game violation fines and forfeitures collected by WDFW within the county, or elect to receive in lieu taxes on department property of at least 100 contiguous acres. Payments are not paid on department buildings, structures, facilities, game farms, fish hatcheries, tidelands, or public fishing areas of less than 100 acres, said the news release.