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Federal funding bill

(Temporary funding bill approved)….The House approved the $1.1 trillion bill Wednesday night.

For Imperial County, the bill carries some good news and some bad news. The funding bill will return many departments and agencies to their normal funding levels. Those funding levels had been cut during last year’s sequestration. The bill does not provide any funding for the expansion of the Downtown Calexico Port of Entry and it does not provide any PILT funds for Imperial County. That could cost the County up to $3 million. The Payment In Lieu of Taxes funds are paid by the Government to cover the property taxes that are not paid on federal lands within a county. The County plans to lobby to have the PILT funds reinstated.