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2:43 PM Sat, Feb. 16th

Public lands returns to supervisors' agenda

KINGMAN - Mohave County Board of Supervisors will hear a report at its regular meeting today from the Office of Management and Budget on options for the transfer of public lands.

The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

County staff was directed in October to use a 2014 report from Yuma County on Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, as a model for Mohave County. PILT funds from the federal government are paid to counties as a reimbursement for property taxes that could be assessed if federal land was privately owned.

Supervisors wanted a breakdown of potential revenue from primary and secondary tax levies to Mohave County and various tax districts based on the type of public land.

The majority of the 13,469 square miles, or 8.62 million acres, in Mohave County is public land and cannot be included in the tax rolls. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have 55.2 percent of the land; Indian reservations cover 6.7 percent; the state of Arizona owns 6.6 percent; and other public land comprises 17.2 percent. Private ownership is 14.3 percent.

Potential revenue from adding public lands to Mohave County's tax rolls is estimated at $27.4 million.

Potential revenue for the general fund is $4.8 million. However, the county would not receive PILT money on the federal lands, which amounted to $3.5 million in 2014, so net revenue would be about $1.3 million.

In other agenda items:

• Discussion and possible action on revisions to the county's anti-littering ordinance, which was continued from five previous meetings back to March 16, making it the longest-running continued item on the agenda. The board is looking at removing the five-day discretionary or notice period for litter-generators to clean up their trash.

• Discussion and possible action regarding county personnel policies and procedures as presented at the May 18 board meeting. The most significant change in the policy is a reduction in the amount of paid time off that can be carried over or cashed out.