The State of Arizona will receive more than $26 million in contributions derived from tribal gaming revenue for the quarter that ended on June 30, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Compared with what the state received for the same quarter in the 2016 fiscal year, that’s a 4.8% increase.
Daniel Bergan, director for the Arizona Department of Gaming said that after some quarterly lulls, the increase is a positive start to the 2017 fiscal year, according to the Associated Press.
The bulk of the money, more than $13 million, will go to the state’s Instructional Improvement Fund for education while trauma and emergency services will receive in excess of $6.5 million. Operating costs for the Arizona Department of Gaming is next in line followed by, wildlife conservation, state tourism and operating costs and problem gambling is last on the list.
One to 8 percent of gross gambling revenue is contributed by tribes with Class III casinos. The money goes to the state, cities, towns and counties.
Tribes with Class III casinos contribute 1 percent to 8 percent of gross gambling revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. In the state fiscal year 2016, the total tribal contribution to the aforementioned since the Arizona Tribal State Gaming Compact was signed is $103,004,747.00.
Currently, throughout the State of Arizona 16 Tribes operate 23 Class III casinos. The Tohono O’odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community operate the most casinos with three each.