Proposed South Bend casino focus of agreements between South Bend, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

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The city of South Bend would receive 2 percent of the net winnings every year from a proposed Four Winds Casino on the city’s southwest side as part of an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Half of the money would go to the city’s general fund and the other would go to the South Bend Redevelopment Commission in lieu of property taxes, according to a news release from the Pokagon Band. The South Bend Common Council still needs to approve the agreement.

The funding would be no less than $1 million if the casino has between 850 and 1,699 games and will not be less than $2 million if the casino has more than 1,700 games.

The Pokagon Band would also provide about $5 million of additional funding to the following projects and organizations: 

The South Bend Board of Public Works approved a separate agreement on Tuesday allowing the city to provide sewer and water services to the casino, which is planned to be located between Prairie Avenue, U.S. 31 and Locust Road in South Bend. The Pokagon Band would pay $400,000 to the city to help replace and upgrade the Calvert Street lift station as part of the sewer services.

The Pokagon Band has already approved the agreements on their end.

The casino has not yet been approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.