HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 25Issue 16NOTTAWASEPPI HURON BAND OF THE POTAWATOMI ANNOUNCES REVENUE SHARING DISTRIBUTIONS FOR FIREKEEPERS CASINO

In the past decade, the FireKeepers Local Revenue Sharing Board has distributed more than $48.2 million to local governments and school districts.

In 2010, the first year of distributions, the board distributed about $1.9 million.

This year, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, which owns the FireKeepers Casino Hotel, gave $5.7 million to the board for distribution to local governments, school districts and other public bodies in Calhoun County. The tribe gave about $18.5 million to the state of Michigan.

The payments are made as a reimbursement since the casino is tax exempt. Through a state compact, the tribe agreed to distribute 2% of its annual slot machine revenue from FireKeepers to the Local Revenue Sharing Board.

"The main thing here is we want to make sure that any municipality or organization that has increased costs due to the operations of the casino that they are reimbursed for that," said Jamie Stuck, Tribal Council chairperson and secretary of the Local Revenue Sharing Board. "That’s a high priority.”

 

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