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City to Receive More Than $100K From Casino

Money part of mitigation fees that will go to public safety

Petaluma will receive $102,591 from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, money that will be directed to law enforcement, the Press Democrat is reporting.

The funds are part of a $417,000 payment meant to mitigate impacts on crime and public safety from the 3,000-slot casino, already under construction.

For Petaluma, which has faced continued budget cuts over the past four years, the cash is a big help.

"You're basically talking about buying an officer, or the better part of an officer,” Petaluma City Manager told the Press Democrat. “That's great. If there aren't strings attached, then I'd be happy to receive it."

Under the plan, Santa Rosa will $286,923 a year, Cotati, $12,808 and Sebastopol $14,596, while Sonoma County will receive $283,082 in crime-mitigation funds.

The county and tribe are currently in negotiations about how to mitigate traffic, noise and social impacts of the 245-acre casino, which is set to end by October 12.

It’s estimated that the tribe will pay a total of $40 million during the fist seven years of the casino’s operations to the county, already it’s not clear whether the funds will be distributed by the tribe or by Sonoma County.

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria tribe has a separate revenue-sharing agreement with Rohnert Park, under which it will pay about $200 million to the city over 20 years.

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Patrick M. September 29, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Seriously?...the outlet mall has generated tax dollars that the city has used on police, roads, fire departments and the like. Instead of encouraging business, the city has spent the last ten years fast tracking low income housing. I would be willing to bet that the low income housing uses far more police time than the outlet mall does - without paying the tax dollars. How much extra should we charge the small local businesses? Or do you just bemoan large businesses not to your liking? Absolutely incredibly flawed logic, but par for the course.
Ptown September 29, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Why does Keller always seem to come in as a off topic nag. At least nag on topic, or nag about something that is not a closed case.
David Keller September 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Context and history, my friend. Stay informed. Thanks.
Active Thinker September 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Keller does wine about alot...he does have a point...the bigger point is where are we going by having a casino near us...If it gets approved to have one here in Petaluma I will move along with others. Its does nothing but create problems for our community. Why don't we get the motor cops to stop writing tickets to the locals for stupid things and provide real safety. Keller has really good points.
Stop Graton Casino October 01, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It's easy to make a promise to pay when you know you don't have to if you don't want to. If you read the Graton Rancheria gambling compact, it clearly says if the tribe doesn't think it's making enough money, it doesn't have to pay anybody anything. The Rohnert Park agreement says the same thing. And, they do not have to allow state auditors onto their property to see if they really aren't making enough money to comply with the terms of the compact. The state Gambling Control Commission has no teeth and barely any agents to monitor the tribal casinos. These agreements are utterly ridiculous because there's no guarantee of payment, there's no way to enforce payment and there's no way to monitor the finances of the casino. Add that to the fact that they will pay no taxes of any kind on this casino or on the property, well, it's just a bad deal. No good businessman would enter into a contract with those kind of terms!

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