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Clarkdale makes wish list for gaming $$$
Town’s Prop. 202 presentation to Yavapai-Apache Nation Nov. 10

CLARKDALE -- The Clarkdale Town Council decided Oct. 27 how it would like to spend the Proposition 202 gaming revenues if the town's share, as distributed by the Yavapai-Apache Nation, is enough. The top three priorities are: $60,000 for a project manager for the Clarkdale Sustainability Park; $37,000 for a patrol car for the police department; and $64,000 for the operation of the Clarkdale Swimming Pool.

Town Manager Gayle Mabery said the Nation had asked the town to submit its priorities for the Prop. 202 funding by Nov. 3. The Nation will then schedule the town to make a verbal presentation to the Tribal Council Nov. 10.

Mabery said the Nation won't know until December how much money will be distributed among the towns, cities and county. "They usually make their Proposition 202 distributions in January or early February," Mabery said.

According to a staff report prepared for the Oct. 27 council meeting, in 2007 Clarkdale's share of the Prop. 202 revenue totaled $46,369. But the town actually received only $11,592. The remainder was distributed, at the Nation's request, to Clarkdale-Jerome School and the Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce.

Clarkdale used its share of the 2007 distribution to fund holiday decorations and lighting; seven Concerts in the Park; and two quarterly issues of the Talk About the Town.

The staff report also stated that in 2008, the town submitted funding priorities to the Nation for $64,000 to operate the swimming pool; $37,000 for a police patrol car; and $42,000 for the salary for a grants administrator for one year.

The town was notified early in 2008 that its Prop. 202 share was going to be $14,542. The Nation requested that Clarkdale direct those funds to the establishment of the Native American Club at Clarkdale-Jerome School. The Clarkdale Council balked at that request for them to operate as a pass-through agency.

After the town and Nation reached a resolution, the money was distributed to the Clark Memorial Library for expansion of its programs.

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