2% money from Grand Traverse Band Casinos and its impact in Leelanau County

day trip-34The Leelanau Enterprise reports that units of government and other organizations in Leelanau County will receive about 20% of the nearly $1 million in casino revenue sharing funds paid by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB). The largest single award is $75,000 through Grand Traverse County for a Father Fred Foundation program to offer financial assistance to families facing utility shutoffs. Other highlights:

  • Government-to-government agreement with Leelanau County for a prisoner housing contract, $63,875.
  • Empire Township, funding to purchase a generator to be used on conjunction with the township’s agreement with the American Red Cross for emergency needs, $4,568.
  • Leelanau Conservation District, funding to purchase two new desktop computers, three sets of new office software, and one operating system for existing laptops, $2,400.
  • Leelanau County, funding for Leelanau Clean Water programs for various projects, $9,930.
  • Leelanau County, funding for the county Planning Commission to update aerial mapping, $20,000.
  • Suttons Bay Township, funding for Inland Seas Education Association to develop and install an “Asian Carp Exhibit,” $7,550.

Also included are numerous payments to the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, Fire & Rescue Authority, and Suttons Bay Public School.

Photo credit: day trip-34 by 1Cher

2 replies
  1. Michael Creamer
    Michael Creamer says:

    If the Casino is housed in Leelanau County, then why don’t they receive a larger % portion the $1 Million in revenue?

    Is there a split of the revenue posted between the GTB in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties?

    I’m sure both counties are deserving, just seems 20% is a low percentage for Leelanau County and should be more like 50%.

    A concerned former resident of the Leelanau county and what I consider my family home.


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