Historical Summary of Refuge Revenue Sharing Payments

The Refuge Revenue Sharing Act, 16 USC715s, as amended, authorizes revenues and direct appropriations to be deposited into a special fund, the National Wildlife Refuge Fund, and used for payments to units of local governments where the Service administers lands that the Service has acquired in fee or that have been reserved from the public domain. In Fiscal Year 1976, the amount of receipts was not sufficient to make the maximum payments allowed by the legislative formula, and the payments were reduced accordingly. In 1978, the Refuge Revenue Sharing Act was amended to allow Congress to appropriate funds to make up any shortfall.  If the amount Congress appropriates is insufficient to meet the maximum allowed by legislative formula, the units of local government receive a pro-rata share.

Congressional appropriations are added to the previous year's net receipts to determine the amount of Refuge Revenue Sharing payments to be paid for the previous Fiscal Year (FY). For example, FY 2015 appropriations + FY 2014 net receipts = the Fiscal Year 2015 payments to units of local governments.

FY Paid

Prior FY Gross Receipts

Prior FY Net Receipts

Footnotes

Maximum Allowed by Legislative Formula

Congressional Appropriation

Footnotes

Total Paid To Units of Local Govt

Percentage of Maximum Allowed by Legislative Formula Paid

1972

$4,803,049

$4,311,874

$2,815,694

$2,815,694

100.0%

1973

$4,012,474

$3,512,474

$2,714,824

$2,714,824

100.0%

1974

$4,038,502

$3,358,502

$2,816,394

$2,816,394

100.0%

1975

$4,205,375

$3,410,597

$3,034,229

$3,034,229

100.0%

1976

$6,053,827

$4,915,579

$6,666,613

$4,915,579

73.7%

1977

$6,053,827

$4,915,579

1

$6,666,613

$4,915,579

73.7%

1978

$5,098,917

$4,098,271

$5,547,598

$4,098,271

73.9%

1979

$4,083,186

$3,030,105

$5,789,102

 

$3,030,105

52.3%

1980

$4,924,015

$3,608,716

$7,320,593

$1,950,000

2

$5,558,716

75.9%

1981

$4,624,277

$3,158,924

$9,875,576

$6,716,652

$9,875,576

100.0%

1982

$5,891,990

$4,180,468

$11,341,796

$5,760,000

$9,940,468

87.6%

1983

$7,049,422

$5,140,308

$12,025,066

$5,760,000

$10,900,308

90.6%

1984

$5,791,736

$4,035,001

$12,712,094

$5,760,000

$9,795,001

77.1%

1985

$6,714,689

$4,406,342

$13,555,562

$5,644,800

$10,051,142

74.1%

1986

$6,627,631

$4,081,956

$14,684,417

$5,370,130

$9,452,086

64.4%

1987

$5,360,200

$3,282,893

$14,879,916

$5,645,000

$8,927,893

60.0%

1988

$5,447,915

$3,113,383

$14,854,630

$5,645,000

$8,758,383

59.0%

1989

$6,782,346

$4,254,652

$15,332,356

$6,645,000

$10,899,652

71.1%

1990

$5,935,083

$3,725,962

$16,211,621

$8,904,000

$12,629,962

77.9%

1991

$7,090,000

$4,844,511

$16,875,902

$10,942,800

$15,787,311

93.5%

1992

$6,746,380

$4,299,835

$18,030,646

$11,848,800

$16,148,635

89.6%

1993

$6,452,514

$4,018,102

$19,309,148

$11,748,283

$15,766,385

81.7%

1994

$5,920,317

$3,736,610

$20,208,042

$12,000,000

$15,736,610

77.9%

1995

$7,062,504

$4,670,740

$21,588,652

$11,977,000

$16,647,740

77.1%

1996

$6,681,411

$4,234,642

$22,846,549

$10,779,000

$15,013,642

65.7%

1997

$8,995,000

$6,647,301

$24,048,949

$10,779,000

$17,426,301

72.5%

1998

$9,361,738

$6,807,128

$26,201,802

$10,525,873

3

$17,333,001

66.2%

1999

$8,502,532

$5,827,174

$26,674,150

$10,779,000

$16,606,174

62.3%

2000

$8,341,989

$5,697,163

$28,356,914

$10,739,000

$16,436,163

58.0%

2001

$6,691,797

$4,281,386

C

$30,868,690

$11,414,000

R

$15,695,386

50.8%

2002

$5,694,737

$2,975,948

$33,508,013

$14,414,000

$17,389,948

51.9%

2003

$6,149,954

$2,968,816

$35,676,910

$14,320,000

R

$17,288,816

48.5%

2004

$6,985,265

$3,730,478

$38,558,625

$14,236,000

R

$17,966,478

46.6%

2005

$6,551,956

$3,315,168

$43,015,776

$14,414,000

$17,729,168

41.2%

2006

$11,653,118

$8,555,734

$48,561,404

$14,202,000

$22,757,734

46.9%

2007

$12,376,554

$8,506,719

$52,711,676

$14,201,935

R

$22,708,654

43.1%

2008

$11,094,214

$9,333,188

$54,819,166

$13,980,449

$23,313,637

42.5%

2009

$11,102,324

$6,188,573

$62,006,218

$14,100,000

$20,288,573

32.7%

2010

$6,746,359

$4,902,850

$63,164,900

$14,500,000

$19,402,850

30.7%

2011

$4,717,692

$1,727,114

$73,833,832

$14,471,000

R

$16,198,114

21.9%

2012

$7,281,360

$4,187,519

$77,728,728

$13,957,632

R

$18,145,151

23.3%

2013

$7,595,568

$3,646,641

S

$78,035,210

$13,227,564

R,S

$16,874,205

21.6%

2014

$8,377,696

$6,335,345

S

$76,353,446

$13,228,000

$19,563,345

25.6%

2015

$7,045,768

$5,029,185

S, SR

$75,860,611

$13,228,000

$18,257,185

24.1%

2016

$8,576,855

$6,238,052

S, SR,C

$77,153,861

$13,228,000

$19,462,733

25.2%

Footnotes:
1/ FY 1977 figures are for 15 months -- when the fiscal year was extended from June 30 to September 30.
2/ FY 1980 is the first year appropriations were authorized to offset the difference between the receipts available for payment and the amount due local governments (Pub. L. 106-113). The numbers reflect Graham-Rudman -- Pub. L. 106-113 and Pub. L. 106-554 -- reductions.
3/ The 1998 number does not include an amount paid to Kodiak Island Borough as required by Public Law 105-83, Sec. 122.
C = Correction payments. Correction payments were made out of current fiscal year receipts.
R = Rescission. This amount reflects the appropriation minus the rescission.
S = Sequestration included. The amount includes sequestration in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, 2 U.S.C. 901a.
SR = Sequestration returned. The amount includes previously sequestered amounts made available for obligation in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, 2 U.S.C. 901a.