The impact of federal lands on counties wouldn’t stand out as one of the major issues facing counties. However, federal lands in the west have a disproportionate impact when compared to counties east of Colorado. These topics aren’t fully understood by US Senators or Representatives who don’t come from a “public lands” state.

We visited with Senator Mike Lee US Senator for Utah to discuss legislation, administrative changes, and some of the history behind public lands in Utah.

00:00 More PILT ACT Legislation that would instruct the Department of Interior to assess the value of federal land to see if the payments in lieu of taxes truly make up for the loss of property on county tax roles.
06:44 Administrative changes to Department of Interior
07:36 30 by 30 – A plan to protect 30% of US Lands and Oceans
13:18 Moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands
17:25 History of public lands in Utah

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Produced by Derek Dowsett
Host Chad Booth

ABOUT THE COUNTY SEAT: The County Seat is a public affairs program about the functions and issues of county elected officials and county government in UTAH. The County Seat is designed to provide the essentials to being an informed and engaged citizens in what we view as the most important level of government to daily life, county government. Topics range from the life of a ballot to the wild horses on public lands. The majority of Utah’s 29 counties are rural with a concentration of urban issues along the Wasatch Front. This dynamic lends an interesting twist to the show where we highlight a number of rural issues that the majority of Utahns may not be as familiar with. #CountiesMatter #CoutySeatS11E15

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