Saturday, December 12, 2009

Board balks at funding New Buffalo, Township Police Department

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, local revenue sharing board said not all police calls in New Buffalo are casino-related so they cannot be expected to fund police services. New Buffalo Township clerk, Paul Oselka said police protection should be considered a public safety issue. He also stated that when the first compact between the state and the Pokagon Band took effect. The compact called for specific allocations for public safety. He also stated that it is hard to raise taxes during hard times.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi did agree to pay for blinking message boards alerting traffic of emergency situations instead of parking a firetruck at the entrance of a public safety emergency. Because of safety issues. It should also be noted The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi recently gave $6.2 million of revenue, and a large percentage goes to New Buffalo Township.

Chairman Wesaw said he would take a look and see how many calls are dispatched because of Four Winds Casino Resort and address the issue if it needed to be addressed. Please see the Revenue Sharing Section under Pokagon Issues for the exact formula for sharing.
Pokagon Fund link

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