MANISTEE LOCAL REVENUE SHARING BOARD MEMBERS
Chairman: Dennis Bjorkquist, 51 West Kott Road, Manistee, MI 49660
Vice Chair: Brook Shafer, 18 S. Moss Road, Wellston, MI 49689
Secretary: Roger Zielinski, 529 First Street, Manistee, MI 49660
Administrative Support: County Controller/Administrator's Office, 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660
Revenue Sharing Board Bylaws
Tribal - State Compact
MANISTEE LOCAL REVENUE SHARING BOARD FUNCTION STATEMENT
The Manistee Local Revenue Sharing Board exists as a result of a Compact between the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the State of Michigan, which provides for the conduct of Tribal Class III gaming by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Compact was entered into on January 29, 1997. Section 18 of the Compact defines how Tribal payments are made to local governments. This section states that the Tribe will make semi-annual payments to the County Treasurer to be held on behalf of the Local Revenue Sharing Board. These payments shall equal 2% of the net win at each casino, derived from all Class III electronic games of chance as defined in the Compact. The County Treasurer is required to disburse these payments as specified by lawful vote of the Local Revenue Sharing Board. These payments, as provided for in the Compact, are made to local units of government to provide financial resources to those political subdivisions of the State which actually experience increased operating costs associated with the operation of the Class III gaming facility.
The Compact also states that a Local Revenue Sharing Board shall be created by those local governments in the vicinity of the Class III gaming facility, to receive and disburse the semi-annual payments from the Tribe as described below. Representatives of local governments in the vicinity of the Class III gaming facility shall be appointed by their respective elected body and shall serve at the pleasure of such elected body. The Local Revenue Sharing Board shall consist of representatives from each of the following jurisdictions: One representative from the County in which the Class III gaming facility is located; One representative from the Village, City or Township in which the Class III gaming facility is located; and One representative from a third local unit of government determined by the representatives identified above to be the most impacted by the Class III gaming facility. The procedures for the functioning of the Local Revenue Sharing Board, guidelines for establishment of criteria or a formula for the distribution of revenues, and all other matters not specified in the Compact are to be determined by the Local Revenue Sharing Board. Decisions of the Local Revenue Sharing Board concerning the distribution of revenues shall require the unanimous vote of all three (3) representatives. The Local Revenue Sharing Board’s sole function shall be to determine and make allocations of the tribal payments for the purpose described and subject to the limitations listed below:
- Of the payments made to local units of government, not less than 1/8th of the aggregate payment shall be paid to local public safety organizations for public safety purposes.
- Out of the aggregate payments to local units of government, each local unit of government shall receive no less than an amount equivalent to its share of ad valorem property taxes that would otherwise be attributed to the Class III gaming facility if that site were subject to such taxation.
- Out of the aggregate payments to local units of government after deducting the payments provided above, the Board shall allocate an additional portion of such payments to the local units of government to offset the actual cost incurred by such local units of government as a result of the development of the Class III gaming facility in the vicinity.
- The balance of such payments remaining after reimbursement of actual costs may be utilized for any other lawful local government purpose.
This web page is designed to provide you with information on membership of the Local Revenue Sharing Board, the grant application, grant application deadlines, grand awards, meeting dates, times and locations, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, administrative contacts and any other information applicable to the operation of the Local Revenue Sharing Board.