Concerns over the state's loss of PILT funding (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) are based on principles of fairness ("Congress' budget deal could cost Utah counties $35M," Tribune, Jan. 14). Federal ownership of land compromises the state's property tax base. PILT funds recognize lost property taxes as well as the state's burden to provide services for tax-exempt federal properties. However, where is this same sense of fairness when it comes to local communities?
South Salt Lake is home to two county jails, a youth detention facility, Granite School District offices and support operations, Salt Lake County Emergency Operations Center, a garbage collection transfer station, Roper rail yards, Central Valley Water reclamation plant and UTA facilities.
These tax-exempt properties represent more than 30 percent of the city's land area. Most are in prime locations.