The counties of Arizona received $ 38.7 million from the Home Office for the payment of taxes instead of taxes [PILT].
The money is the possibility for the federal government to send money to the municipalities in order to offset the property taxes on non-taxable federal assets.
Payments vary from state to state, depending on state and population.
Pima County, home of Saguaro National Park and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, received $ 3.5 million. Cochise County received a PILT payment of $ 2.3 million.
The money comes from payments to the Confederation for commercial activities on public land, including oil and gas leases and grazing fees.
In Pima County, the PILT money goes to the general fund and is distributed by the county administrator. It is usually split between the Department of Transportation and the Pima Accommodation School District, which teaches classes at the Juvenile Detention Center and in the county jail.