Under the provisions of the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, payments totaling $190,953 were made in July 2017 to counties, cities and townships in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois for lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed as part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
Locally, $30,182 was transferred to Wabasha and Winona counties in Minnesota and Caledonia, Trempealeau, Alma, Belvidere, Buffalo, Milton and Nelson Townships and the City of Alma in Wisconsin for lands in navigation Pools 4, 5, 5A and 6 that are managed as part of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
This annual payment is made to local units of government as compensation for the loss of tax revenue on lands that are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, National Fish Hatcheries, or Waterfowl Production Areas.
Shared revenue funds are derived from the economic use of lands administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plus a supplemental Congressional appropriation. For fiscal year 2017, revenues from 2016 and a supplemental Congressional appropriation were sufficient to provide for a nationwide payment of 28.2 percent of the full entitlement amount.
In Minnesota, Wabasha County received a payment of $6,015 and Winona County received $5,726. In Wisconsin, payments were issued to the Townships of Trempealeau ($1,342), Caledonia ($567), Alma ($2,546), Belvidere ($273), Buffalo ($938), Milton ($1,555) and Nelson ($11,118), and the City of Alma ($102).
These funds may be used by local governments for any appropriate governmental function.
For more information, contact the Winona District Office of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge at 507-454-7351. The office is located at 51 East 4th Street, Room 203 in Winona, Minn. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SOURCE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service