NEW BUFFALO – In the future, the approved minutes of Pokagon-New Buffalo Area Local Revenue Sharing Board will be published on the New Buffalo Township website following the board’s action during its April 9, meeting.
The designation of New Buffalo Township as the official site for the minutes came from the suggestion of audience member Rich Sullivan, a Chikaming Township trustee. Sullivan said he was interested in also publishing the minutes on his township site, which the board encouraged.
The regular meetings of LRSB are scheduled for the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October with special meetings to be scheduled as needed. All meetings are held the second at 8:30 a.m. at the New Buffalo Township Hall, 17425 Red Arrow Highway.
In recent years, the meetings have been short and routine, with the exception of October meeting when the distribution of the annual Pokagon Tribal payment is made. Last year’s distribution of the $4 million payment was made to 12 local government units during a meeting that lasted six minutes.
The LRSB was established as part of the local agreement with the state and local municipalities that allowed the building of the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo Township. LRSB distributes the annual Pokagon Tribal payment, which is based on casino profits, to 12 taxing authorities in a combination of PILT (payment in lieu of taxes), specific and actual cost reimbursements and discretionary payments according to an agreed upon formula.
Current members of the LRSB are: New Buffalo Township Trustee Pete Rahm, chair; Berrien County Commissioner; Ezra Scott, City of New Buffalo Council Member Robert Spirito, Village of Grand Beach Trustee Jim Bracewell and Tribal Representative Matt Wesaw.