NEW BUFFALO — The Local Revenue Sharing Board (LRSB) met at New Buffalo Township Hall on Oct. 12 to to disburse approximately $4.4 million the Pokagon Band of the Pottawattaomi gave to the local area according to the local agreement.

The Tribe has been giving 2 percent of the earnings from slot machines since the Four Winds Casino opened in New Buffalo in 2008.

LRSB Board Chairperson Pete Rahm, speaking on behalf of the entire group when telling Board and Tribal member Steve Winchester he wanted the Pokagon Band to know that this is not just another Tuesday in October where the Board disburses the allocation from the Casino.

“The Local Revenue Sharing Board is very grateful to the tribe for their generosity year after year. You don’t have to look any farther than the New Buffalo Township complex which has a new Township Hall, pavilion, splash pad, bocci ball courts, exercise area and nature trails just for starters,” he said. “You can see the brick and mortar improvements but what you don’t see is the improvements made to local governments. The tribe also contributes to The Pokagon Fund which gives money thru grants that are submitted to the Pokagon Fund Board. The recipients are endless.”

Allocations for 2021 (both Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Discretionary) include: New Buffalo Area Schools – $1,731,114.27; Berrien County – $676,147.37; New Buffalo Township – $688,482.67; City of New Buffalo – $306,850.38; Three Oaks Township – $153,425.19; Chikaming Township – $153,425.19; Village of Three Oaks – $76,712.60; Village of Grand Beach – $30,685.04; Village of Michiana – $30,685.04; New Buffalo Township Library – $79,092.97; Berrien RESA – $241,033.23; Lake Michigan College – $231,281.93; Administrative allocation – $21,672.33.

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