September 2, 2014
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Partnership with tribe continues to pay off

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Another 2-percent, class-three revenue sharing distribution is approaching in Arenac County, and for many local units of government and school districts, grants funded by that revenue will be helpful in improving their communities.

Class-three revenue is earned by the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe through slot machines at Saganing Eagles Landing Casino. The tribe then shares 2 percent of that revenue with the local community.

Two-percent funding has been used to pave and repair roads, develop parks and playgrounds, upgrade technology at local school districts, renovate township halls and improve cemeteries. Fire departments have received funds that better equip them to protect the people who rely on them during emergencies.

For many of these recipients, without the 2-percent funds, the projects they have funded with the slot machine money would probably not be feasible. During a tough economy, tax bases and tax revenue have shriveled up. Townships, cities and schools have, in most cases, seen their general funds shrink, threatening services and programs. But thanks to 2-percent sharing, many communities have been able to continue progressing.

While the tribe’s grant funds have not been able to cure all that ails local governments during the recession, the monies have allowed positive changes to continue. And we hope the relationships between the tribe and local schools, townships and cities continue for many years to come.

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