KINGMAN — The county supervisors will again look at options Monday to transfer federal lands to the county.
The board will discuss accepting a report from its Office of Management and Budget on the options to transfer public lands to private hands. The office based the report on a similar one issued by Yuma County in 2014.
The report includes information of property tax revenue from taxing districts in the county including school, fire, flood control, library, television and community college districts. The report also lists public lands including state, tribal and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The supervisors will also hear a presentation by Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik of Idaho on litigation strategies and the reduction of public access on federal lands. Chmelik has sought to transfer federal land to local control. About 62 percent of the land in Idaho is federally owned, compared with 42 percent in Arizona according to the Congressional Research Service.
District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius has defended Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, whose American Lands Council has come under fire after an advocacy group, Campaign for Accountability, filed a complaint against Ivory. The Bullhead City supervisor called the complaint a political hit piece.
The complaint claims that Ivory paid himself and his wife about half of the more than $209,000 raised by his group in its efforts to transfer public lands to the states. Mohave County contributed $5,000 to ALC.
Public land transfers would not include tribal lands, national parks or forest lands but mostly BLM lands. If transferred to state and local control, BLM land could be made available for private economic development and add to the county’s property tax revenue.
Arizona and Mohave County voters rejected transferring federal lands to the state in the form of Proposition 120 in 2012. In Arizona, voters opposed the measure 67 percent to 32 percent. Mohave County voters rejected Prop 120 by 62 percent to 37 percent. Every county in the state overwhelmingly opposed Prop 120, which would have declared the state had exclusive authority over all lands not part of American Indian reservations or military bases.
Federal lands comprise about 71 percent of the 8.6 million acres of land in Mohave County with BLM owning about 55 percent. About 17.1 percent of county land is privately owned. State lands in the county amount to 6.5 percent. Tribal lands amount to 5 percent. The National Park Service owns 13.3 percent in Mohave County.
The board of supervisors will hold the board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.