RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County Commissioner Glenn Walters took a little time off from vacationing in Washington, D.C., to help with a pressing issue back home.
Walters met with Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, both Democrats representing New Mexico, on Dec. 16 while he was in the nation’s capital to urge them to fight for Sandoval County to continue to receive payment in lieu of taxes — or PILT.
Local governments receive PILT to offset losses in property tax revenue due to the non-taxable federal lands within the county. The potential reduction in those funds is part of the reason the county is being cautious about its income this year.
Walters said he didn’t have to argue with Udall and Grisham about why the funds are important.