March 10, 2021
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced today $17,631,406 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the State’s third quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This amount represents an 4 percent decrease when compared to same quarter of FY2020.
“I am grateful for our strong relationship with Arizona Tribes, whose gaming contributions help fund instructional improvement programs like classroom size reduction, teacher salary increases and dropout prevention, reimbursement to hospitals for unrecovered trauma and emergency services costs, the enhancement and restoration of Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources, the promotion tourism within the state, and more,” said Ted Vogt, Director, ADG. “While we did see a small decrease in contributions this quarter, I believe that the overall strength of Arizona’s economy and the resiliency of Tribal gaming in the state will make this downturn short-lived.”
Tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the third quarter of State FY2021 follow:
|Instructional Improvement Fund/Education:||$8,556,115|
|Trauma and Emergency Services Fund:||$4,278,058|
|Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs:||$2,000,000|
|Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund:||$1,222,302|
|State Tourism Fund:||$1,222,302|
|Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention:||$352,629|
|TOTAL tribal contributions for the quarter ending September 30, 2017:||$17,631,406|
Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, Tribes with casinos contribute 1 to 8 percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Currently, there are 24 Class III casinos in Arizona, which ADG regulates with Arizona tribes.
Established by the Arizona State Legislature in 1995, ADG is the state regulatory agency for tribal gaming, racing and pari-mutuel/simulcast wagering, and unarmed combat sports. ADG also provides and supports education, prevention and treatment programs for people and families affected by problem gambling through its Division of Problem Gambling and 24-hour confidential helpline, 1-800-NEXT-STEP.
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