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Text of the An Act to provide for certain payments to be made to local governments by the Secretary of the Interior based ...

...the Interior based upon the amount of certain public lands within the boundaries of such locality.

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 20, 1976. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 20, 1976 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

90 STAT. 2662                      PUBLIC LAW 94^565—OCT. 20, 1976

                  Public Law 94-565
                  94th Congress
                                                    An Act
  Oct. 20. 1976   To provide for certain payments to be made to local governments by the Secre-
   [H.R. 9719]      tary of the Interior based upon the amount of certain public lands within the
                    boundaries of such locality.
                    Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Local government United States of America in Congress assembled, That effective for
units.           fiscal years beginning on and after October i, 1976, the Secretary is
Public lands,    authorized and directed to make payments on a fiscal year basis to each
payments.        unit of local government in which entitlement lands (as defined in
31 u s e 1601.
                   section 6) are located. Such payments may be used by such unit for any
                  governmental purpose. The amount of such payments shall be com-
                  puted as provided in section 2.
Amounts,              SEC. 2. (a) The amount of any payment made for any fiscal year to
detennination.    a unit of local government under section 1 shall be equal to the greater
31USC 1602.       of the following amounts—
                           (1) 75 cents for each acre of entitlement land located within
                        the boundaries of such unit of local government (but not in excess
                        of the population limitation determined under subsection (b)),
                        reduced (but not below 0) by the aggregate amount of payments,
                        if any, received by such unit of local government during the pre-
                        ceding fiscal year under all of the provisions specified m section
                        4, or
                           (2) 10 cents for each acre of entitlement land located within the
                        boundaries of such unit of local government (but not in excess of
                        the population limitation determined under subsection(b)).
                  In the case of any payment under a provision specified in section 4
                  which is received by a State, the Governor (or his delegate) shall sub-
                  mit to the Secretary a statement respecting the amount of such pay-
                  ment which is transferred to each unit of local government within the
                  State.
                      (b) (1) In the case of any unit of local government having a popu-
                  lation of less than five thousand, the population limitation applicable
                  to such unit of local government shall not exceed an amount equal to
                  $50 multiplied by the population within the jurisdiction of such unit
                  of local government.
                      (2) In the case of any unit of local government having a population
                  of five thousand or more, the population limitation applicable to such
                  unit of local government shall not exceed the amount computed under
                  the following table (using a population figure rounded off to the near-
                  est thousand) :
                                                                 Payment shall not exceed the
                  If population                                  amount computed by multiply-
                     equals—                                       ing such population by—
                     5,000                                                                $50. 00
                     6,000                                                                 47.00
                     7,000                                                                 44. 00
                     8,000                                                                 41.00
                     9,000 .                                                               38.00
                     10,000                                                                35.00
                     11,000                                                                34.00
                     12,000                                                                33.00
                     13,000                                                                32.00

PUBLIC LAW 94-565—OCT. 20, 1976 90 STAT. 2(S63 Payment shall not exceed the If population amount computed by multiply- equals— ing such population by— 14,000 31,00 15,000 , 30,00 16,000 29.50 17,000 29.00 18,000 28. 50 19,000 - 28,00 20,000 27.50 21,000 27.20 22,000 26.90 23,000 26.60 24,000 26.30 25,000 26.00 26,000 25.80 27,000 25.60 28,000 25.40 29,000 25,20 30,000 , 25, 00 31,000 24,75 32,000 24,50 33,000 24.25 34,000 24.00 35,000 23.75 36,000 23,50 37,000 23.25 38,000 23.00 39,000 22.75 40,000 .. 22. 50 41,000 22,25 42,000 22.00 43,000 21.75 44,000 21.50 45,000 21.25 46,000 21.00 47,000 20.75 48,000 20.50 49,000 20,25 50,000 20.00 For the purpose of this computation no unit of local government shall be credited with a population greater than fifty thousand. (c) For purposes of this section, "population" shall be determined on the same basis as resident population is determined by the Bureau of the Census for general statistical purposes. (d) In the case of a smaller unit of local government all or part of which is located within another unit of local government, entitlement lands which are within the jurisdiction of both such units shall be treated for purposes of this section as only within the jurisdiction of such smaller unit. SEC. 3. (a) In the case of any land or interest therein, acquired by Payments to the United States (i) for the Redwood National Park pursuant to counties. the Act of October 2,1968 (82 Stat. 931) or (ii) acquired for addition 31 u s e 1603, to the National Park System or National Forest Wilderness Areas after December 31,1970, which was subject to local real property taxes within the five years preceding such acquisition, the Secretary is authorized and directed to make payments to counties within the jurisdiction of which such lands or interests therein are located, in addition to payments under section 1. The counties, under guidelines Distribution established by the Secretary, shall distribute the payments on a pro- guidelines. portional basis to those units of local governme^^t and affected school districts which have incurred losses o f real property taxes due to the acquisition of lands or interests therein f<^addition to either such sys- tem. In those cases in which another unit of local government other
90 STAT. 2664 PUBLIC LAW 94-565-~0CT. 20, 1976 than the county acts as the collecting and distributing agency for real property taxes, the payments shall be made to such unit of local gov- ernment, which shall distribute such payments as provided in this Regulations. subsection. The Secretary may prescribe regulations under which pay- ments may be made to units of local government in any case in which the preceding provisions will not carry out the purposes of this sub- section. (b) Payments authorized under this section shall be made on a fiscal year basis beginning with the later of— (1^ the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1976, or (2) the first full fiscal year beginning after the fiscal year in which such lands or interests therein are acquired by the United States. Such payments may be used by the affected local governmental unit for any governmental purpose. (c) (1) The amount of any payment made for any fiscal year to any unit of local government and affected school districts under subsection (a) shall be an amount equal to 1 per centum of the fair market value of such lands and interests therein on the date on which acquired by Rezoned land. the United States. If, after the date of enactment of legislation author- izing any unit of the National Park System or National Forest Wil- derness Areas as to which a payment is authorized under subsection (a), rezoning increases the value of the land or any interest therein, the fair market value for the purpose of such payments shall be com- puted as if such land had not been rezoned. Payment (2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the payment made for any limitation. fiscal year to a unit of local government under subsection (a) shall not exceed the amount of real property taxes assessed and levied on such property during the last full fiscal year before the fiscal year in which such land or interest was acquired for addition to the National Park System or National Forest Wilderness Areas. (d) No payment shall be made under this section with respect to any land or interest therein after the fifth full fiscal year beginning after the first fiscal year in which such a payment was made with respect to such land or interest therein. 31 use 1604. SEC. 4. The provisions of law referred to in section 2 are as follows: (1) the Act of May 23, 1908, entitled "An Act making appro- priations for the Department of Agriculture for the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and nine" (35 Stat. 251; 16U.S.C.500); (2) the Act of June 20, 1910, entitled '|An Act to enable the people of New Mexico to form a constitution and State govern- ment and be admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States, and to enable the people of Arizona to form a constitution and State government and be admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States" (36 Stat. 557) ; (3) section 35 of the Act of February 25, 1920, entitled "An Act to promote the mining of coal, phosphate, oil, oil shale, gas, and sodium on the public domain", commonly known as the "Min- eral Lands Leasing Act" (41 Stat. 450; 30 U.S.C. 191); (4) section 17 of the Federal Power Act (41 Stat. 1072: 16 U.S.C. 810); (5) section 10 of the Taylor Grazing Act (48 Stat. 1273; 43 U.S.C. 315i); (6) section 33 of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act (50 Stat. 526; 7 U.S.C. 1012);
PUBLIC LAW 94-565—OCT. 20, 1976 90 STAT. 2665 (7) section 5 of the Act entitled "To safeguard and consolidate certain areas of exceptional public value within the Superior National Forest, State of Minnesota, and for other purposes", approved June 22, 1948 (62 Stat. 570; 16 U.S.C. 577g); (8) section 5 of the Act entitled "An Act to amend the Act of June 22, 1948 (62 Stat. 568) and for other purposes" approved June 22,1956 (70 Stat. 366; 16 U.S.C. 577g-l); (9) section 6 of the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands (61 Stat. 915; 30 U.S.C. 355); and (10) section 3 of the Materials Disposal Act (61 Stat. 681; 30 U.S.C. 603). SEC. 5. (a) No unit of local government which receives any payment Eligibility. with respect to any land under the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 31 use 1605. 875), or the Act of May 24,1939 (53 Stat. 753), during any fiscal year shall be eligible to receive any payment under this Act for such fiscal year with respect to such land. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to apply to the Act of August 28, 1937 (50 Stat. 875), or the Act of May 24,1939 (53 Stat. 753). (b) If the total payment by the Secretary to any county or unit of local government under this Act would be less than $100, such payment shall not be made. SEC. 6. As used in this Act, the term— Definitions. (a) "entitlement lands" means lands owned by the United 31 use 1606. States that are— (1) within the National Park System, the National Forest Sjstem, including wilderness areas within each, or any com- bination thereof, including, but not limited to, lands described in section 2 of the Act referred to in paragraph (7) of section 4 of this Act (16 U.S.C. 577d) and the first section of the Act referred to in paragraph (8) of this Act (16 U.S.C. 577d-l); (2) administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management; (3) dedicated to the use of water resource development projects of the United States; (4) nothing in this section shall authorize any payments to any unit of local government for any lands otherwise entitled to receive payments pursuant to subsection (a) of this section if such lands were owned and/or administered by a State or local unit of government and exempt from the payment of real estate taxes at the time title to such lands is conveyed to the United States; or (5) dredge disposal areas owned by the United States under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers; (b) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior; and (c) "unit of local government" means a county, parish, town- ship, municipality, borough existing in the State of Alaska on the date of enactment of this Act, or other unit of government below the State which is a unit of general government as deter- mined by the Secretary (on the basis of the same principles as are used by the Bureau of the Census for general statistical purposes). Such term also includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. SEC. 7. There are authorized to be appropriated for carrying out the AppropriatioDi authorization. 31 use 1607.
90 STAT. 2666 PUBLIC LAW 94-565—OCT. 20, 1976 provisions of this Act such sums as may be necessary: Provided, That, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act no funds may be made available except to the extent provided in advance in appropri- ation Acts. Approved October 20, 1976. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 94-1106 (Coram, on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 94-1262 (Coram, on Interior and Insular Affairs). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 122 (1976): Aug. 5, considered and passed House. Oct. 1, considered and passed Senate.