WHEREAS Alberta Gaming and Lotteries receives $864 million through the operation of video lotteries and other gaming operations throughout the province;AND WHEREAS only 6% of the funds received by Alberta Gaming and Lotteries is provided to Community Lottery Boards to be allocated to community organizations in the form of Community Lottery Grants;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties request the Government of Alberta to increase the funds available for dispersal through the Community Lottery Grants program from the funds taken in by Alberta Gaming and Lotteries and that the per capita allotment be increased.
Funds are provided to Community Lottery Boards from the Alberta Lottery Fund. These funds are used in various communities to enhance and enrich their initiatives. Alberta Lotteries and Gaming received $864 million from all revenue sources during the 1999/2000 fiscal year. $699,800,000 of that comes directly from video lotteries and slot machines. These funds are being taken directly out of communities and going into provincial coffers.In April of 2000, the amount of funds made available to Community Lottery Boards was increased from $50 million to $52.5 million. This increase falls far short of the total funds going out of communities and into Alberta Lotteries.
The AAMDC has three resolutions which are currently in effect with respect to community lottery boards:Resolution 19-97F calls for the abolishment of community lottery boards, with lottery revenues to be allocated to individual municipalities for disbursement throughout their communities.Resolution 12-97F calls for local municipal councils to be given the option ot administer lottery funds within their jurisdiction.Resolution 26-96F calls for the establishment of local community lottery boards to distribute lottery revenue at local government levels.