State Shared Revenue Program
The passage of Proposition 202 by the voters of Arizona in November 2002 set the stage for new gaming compacts between the State and the respective tribes. An important provision of Proposition 202 was the sharing of gaming revenues with the State. A portion of the revenue to be shared can be retained by an Indian tribe and distributed itself. Proposition 202 allows an Indian tribe to make twelve percent (12%) of its total annual contribution in the following form: “Distributions to cities, towns, or counties for government services that benefit the general public, including public safety, mitigation of the impacts of gaming, or promotion of commerce and economic development.”
The Gila River Indian Community (the “Community”) has decided to exercise its option to retain and administer the 12 percent of State-shared revenue itself. The Community Council has adopted guidelines and procedures for this new program. Highlights of the program follow.
The Community’s policy is to generally limit the distributions to nearby cities, towns, and counties (i.e., Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Phoenix, Avondale, Coolidge, Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Mesa, and Tempe) but retain some flexibility to consider more distant but special situations.
Priority Funding Areas
The priority areas that the Community will initially concentrate funding on are:
+ Public Safety (police, fire, EMS)
+ Economic Development
In addition to these Priority Areas, the Community reserves the right to utilize its discretion in funding special programs and projects not included in the above listing, for example, the Community could also invite a particular city, town, or county to submit an application for a mutually negotiated project.
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