Casino proceeds remain elusive

So much for concessions and compromise, when it comes to negotiating a new plan to split casino money among governmental units in Berrien County.

“Its just one of those situations that may be a friendly divorce,” said Larry Clymer who serves as President of the Local Revenue Sharing Board.

A new proposal to distribute casino proceeds was recently revised and rewritten, but the result was still disagreement.

The goal of the revenue sharing board was to get unanimous support for the new plan.

In the end, one board member decided to resign rather than vote for the latest draft.

The two remaining members of the revenue sharing board today passed the new rules.

The board Member who resigned was a representative of the New Buffalo School Corporation.

“The said thing is, I think there’s enough money to take care of both the public safety, the payment in lieu of taxes, and other legal entities,” said School Superintendent Dr. Michael Lindley, “but they just refuse to look at those.”

Board President Clymer countered, “It’s a distribution of dollars, and what one person thinks is fair, another may not. We’ve tried to be very fair, very honest and share the so-called wealth.”

Right now, the wealth is being socked away, out of the reach of local government officials.

The tribe that owns the casino decided to place the first scheduled revenue sharing payment into an escrow account, in part, because of bickering over plans to distribute the cash.

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