The amount is a slight reduction from this year’s compensation, which was just over $1.8 million.
The money comes from the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program administered through the Department of the Interior which compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so the governments can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection, road maintenance and school assistance.
The payments are calculated based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county and the population of the county.
Luna County has nearly 747,000 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management – or BLM – property within its boundaries.
The 2012 budget year was the last year PILT was funded under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Officials say the federal fiscal year 2014 budget proposes to extend mandatory full funding for the PILT program for another year, as it was in 2013, while a sustainable long-term funding solution is developed.