I could explain the formula to you, but then I'd have to kill you.
Seriously, if you want the details, I'd be glad to talk with you.  The authorization for these payments is in 32 V.S.A. sections 3701-3709. 
ANR pays 1% of the appraised value--either the fair market value as established by PVR or the use value  if applicable.  ANR determines which value to use.  Think of it as a $1 tax rate. 
The PILOT for state buildings is based on the insurance value of the buildings.  Those values are provided to PVR by the entity in charge of those buildings (UVM or State Buildings and General Services Dept. or Vermont State Colleges).  We then determine what the municipal tax rate would need to have been to raise the same amount of dollars had those values been included in the grand list.  That rate is applied against the insurance values.  Funding is limited and the results are prorated based upon the total PILOT under the formula and the amount of money available. 
Hope this helps.
Mary Jane

From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michalina Wasung Townshend Treasurer
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 8:56 AM
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Subject: Re: pilot program

Bobbi - This is what I have come to understand - we get some $$ for the land itself from I think forest and parks - how its calculated is some mystery.  Then, starting a few years ago we have gotten some other $$ from some other department for the buildings - supposedly something from the money the state gets to keep from the local option tax.  None of it is vy straightforward, but to the state there is some sort of internal logic and the towns are better compensated than they used to be.  Townshend has a state park wh is now abt 1,000 acres.
Miki, Townshend Treasurer
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Subject: pilot program

Is there anyone who can explain the PILOT program to me?  We have several parcels of land that are owned by the state; the largest is the Groton State Forest.  When we received the latest valuation for all of the parcels, they seemed to be valued below fair market value, so we appealed.  After the fact, I learned that the largest parcel is paid at use value, so what was the point of appealing?  I have been told that we are not compensated through the current use program the way that we are for other land use properties - is that true?  And if it is, why bother assessing a fair market value?  It appears that it was a waste of the tax department's time and a waste of our attorney's fees.  Does anyone know if we are compensated some other way?

Bobbi Brimblecombe
Marshfield Town Clerk
122 School Street, Room 1
Marshfield, VT 05658
(802) 426-3305
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