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Manistee, Mich. —Manistee public safety agencies received nearly $160,000 in grants with revenues generated by the Little River Casino Resort. The Manistee Local Revenue Sharing Board announced the award recipients at its Cycle II Grant Awards meeting Monday.
The revenue sharing board receives two percent of electronic gaming profits from the Little River Casino Resort. The Board is required to distribute nearly 12 percent of that amount through public safety grants, meet its payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) obligations and then award additional public safety or other lawful local government purpose grants if desired. Representatives from Manistee County, the City of Manistee and Manistee Township sit on the Board.
“The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians began gaming as an economic tool to strengthen government services,” said Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Ogema Larry Romanelli. “We strive to provide economic development and jobs for members of both our tribe and community. We are pleased to see how revenue sharing payments are contributing to our community.”
The Board accepted 11 of the 26 local public safety applications, eight of which received the full funding requested.
The following public safety grants were awarded in full:
The board awarded partial funding to a trio of larger public safety requests. Those grants are as follows:
Additionally, the board awarded one of two other lawful local government purpose grant applications. Brown Township’s request for $10,000 to upgrade the Brown Township Hall was approved.
The board also approved more than $1.1 million in PILT (payment in lieu of taxes). The $1,149,530.11 goes to local government entities to pay the taxes they would receive if the Little River Casino Resort was not on tax-exempt lands.
The receiving entities are:
On December 8th the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians presented a check to the Board for $878,424 — the second of two payments in 2016 — which brings the total amount of local revenue sharing payments to $32,147,224 since the casino opened in 1999.
The Tribe also contributed $4,771,005.31 to the state of Michigan this year bringing the total payment to the state to $90,122,654.29 since 1999.
Under the gaming compact and amendment between the tribe and the State of Michigan, the tribe mutually agreed to make annual distributions to the Board.