Tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund increased for a fourth consecutive quarter according to numbers released at the end of July by the Arizona Department of Gaming. As a part of the gaming compacts signed with the State of Arizona in 2002, Tribes contribute a portion of their gaming revenues to the Arizona Benefits Fund, which then distributes the money to specific, dedicated areas of need that include education, trauma and emergency services, wildlife conservation, and tourism. For the quarter ending June 30, 2015, contributions totaled almost $26 million, a 4.5% increase over the same quarter last year.
“Over the past year we have seen encouraging and steady growth in the quarterly tribal gaming contributions and these small increases can lead to a larger impact for State programs,” said Daniel Bergin, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Our agency considers these new numbers not only encouraging, but an overall win for tribes and the State.”
Tribes also share a portion of their revenues with Cities and Towns across the state, with over $115 million in contributions to date. This, coupled with the over $962 million in shared revenues collected by the Arizona Benefits Fund, brings the total contributions from Tribal Gaming to over $1 billion.
To view the press release from the Arizona Department of Gaming, which breaks down the total by area of contribution, please visit https://gaming.az.gov/sites/default/files/Tribal%20Contributions%207-31-15.pdf