Published: 1:25 pm, Sun. Jul. 8th, 2018Updated: 1:24 pm
The Eddy County Commission voted Tuesday to participate in a class-action lawsuit with other counties that believe they’ve been shortchanged on Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funds.
Eddy County’s most recent PILT check, for Fiscal Year 2018, came in at $3,598,621. It’s 2017 payment was a similar $3.5 million, while the county garnered $3.4 million in 2016 and $3 million in 2015.
The county would not be liable for legal fees, as the suit is being handled by a Washington, D.C., law firm on behalf of counties nationwide that are opting in prior to the Sept. 14 deadline.
Kane County, Utah, won a pair of lawsuits against the fed in the spring in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over insufficient PILT payments, sparking the class action.