Star Valley Coffers Get Tribal Boost

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Continuing its tradition of generosity to neighboring communities, the Tonto Apache Tribe has given the new town of Star Valley more than $40,000.

Chairman Ivan Smith of the tribal council presented Star Valley Mayor Ronnie O. McDaniel with a check May 1.

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Chairman Ivan Smith, second from left, presents Star Valley Mayor Ronnie McDaniel with a check for more than $40,000 from casino revenue as part of the Tonto Apache Tribe's ongoing support of surrounding communities and activities. Also on hand from Star Valley were Councilor Chuck Heron, at far left, Vice Mayor Randy White, second from right, and Councilor Bill Heath, at right.

Also on hand were Vice Mayor Randy White and Councilors Chuck Heron and Bill Heath.

While no decision has been made on how the money will be spent, Heath said there has been some preliminary discussion about adding it to the money Star Valley was given by the county for its fire-control efforts.

The Tonto Apache Tribe's compact with the state for the operation of the Mazatzal Casino requires it to give a portion of its gaming income each fiscal year to services that benefit the general public. In the past, the TAT has given this money to the town of Payson and Special Olympics.

The contribution can be also be used for public safety, mitigation of impacts of gaming or promotion of commerce and economic development.

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