Cache County receives PILT payment and update on Hardware Ranch

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In other years it has been much larger but Tuesday the Cache County Council was presented with a PILT check in the amount of $9,053 by Justin Dolling from the Division of Wildlife Services. PILT stands for Payment in Lieu of Taxes which is presented annually in payment for the county for maintaining federal lands.

Dolling said the money comes from fishing and hunting licenses.

Dolling also gave a report on wildlife in the area, saying that Hardware Ranch is doing very well.

“We’re holding somewhere between 400 and 600 elk on the ranch and we’ve had tremendous public visitation this year,” Dolling said. “Some Saturdays have approached or exceeded 1500 visitors. Things are going well at Hardware (Ranch).

“We did have a little bit of a hiccup. The first well that we drilled to bring our drinking water up to standards failed in the end, so we had to dig a second well.”

He said that should be operational by summer.

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