Scottsdale City Council OKs Prop. 202 allocations
By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press
In late October, Scottsdale City Council approved the allocation of $90,128 of Proposition 202 funds, which are provided through a tribal-state gaming pact, ultimately going to help the efforts of local outreach efforts within municipal bounds.
Dale Wiebusch, Scottsdale government relations director, reported to City Council the fiscal year 2022-’23 grant allocations are:
- Hunkapi Programs, Inc. — Domestic Violence and ALS Programs: $45,128.
- Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation — Arsenic Filtration Project: $40,000.
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion at City Hall: $5,000.
Mr. Wiebusch explained the tribal grant program was first enacted by voters in 2002.
“In the 2002 state general election, Arizona voters enacted Proposition 202, the 17-Tribe Indian Self-Reliance Initiative,” he explained.
“Under tribal-state gaming compacts, Arizona tribes share a percentage of their annual gaming revenues with local school districts, state and local governments and other public entities to provide services that benefit the general public. In addition to directly receiving funds, the city is asked to pass through gaming funds to local entities and organizations.”
The purpose of the tribal grant program? To do good, Mr. Wiebusch explains.
“The provisions of the Indian Gaming Compacts developed pursuant to Proposition 202 provide for an annual distribution of a portion of gaming revenues to local governments,” he said. “Cooperative efforts between the city of Scottsdale and the Gila River Indian Community to distribute these funds results in benefits to Scottsdale area residents.”