10/10/11

LANDMARK AGREEMENT COULD BRING MILLIONS TO NORTH COUNTY

Chairman Bill Horn recommended the Board of Supervisors approve a Preliminary Statement of Terms between the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the County of San Diego. The agreement outlines the disbursement of millions of dollars in revenues, contributed by Rincon as part of a future gaming compact with the State.

Rincon recently sued the state and won the right to keep gaming compact revenues local rather than in the state’s general fund in Sacramento. If approved as part of a new gaming compact by the State, the money will be used to address the direct and indirect impacts of Rincon’s gaming business on local jurisdictions.

This historic agreement, initiated by Chairman Horn and negotiated after the courts upheld Rincon’s successful suit, is expected to benefit North County residents, the Rincon Tribe, and the County of San Diego and could serve as a model for future gaming compacts Statewide.

If approved by the State, the agreement will create the Rincon Shared Benefit Fund, which will be used to pay for road improvements, fire protection, emergency medical response, additional law enforcement, and problem gambling treatment programs in North County.