Myron Johnson

Codington County Commissioner Myron Johnson briefed the other commission members this week on last week’s meeting called by the state of South Dakota to discuss amendments requested by the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe to change the gaming compact. A final decision will be made by the Governor, but in play are in lieu of payments paid by the tribe to Codington and Roberts Counties and the city of Watertown and township to compensate for Road, Ambulance, Fire, and Police Services. Johnson says it would be preferred that the current compact be followed, however tribal officials say gaming revenues are down at Dakota Sioux Casino and that a provision in the compact allows tribal officials to break from the compact agreement that requires a scaled increase in fees as more slot machines are allowed. Commissioner Johnson says this year Codington County should have received 220,000 dollars, however that amount was reduced to 150,000 dollars, an amount similar to last year. The second half of that payment was made just this week.

County Auditor talked about how the current agreement also treats the city and township.

Governor Daugaard's spokesperson Bailey Carlsen told KXLG News Tuesday that the Governor is traveling this week and that he has not received all the necessary documents yet.  He is likely to make a decision in December.