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Why Soboba’s new casino means a new pool for San Jacinto High School

By in Press Enterprise on November 13, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Construction of a new Soboba Casino will help bring a swimming pool to San Jacinto High School.

The Soboba Aquatic Center will be built using some of the $1 million the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will give the San Jacinto Unified School District in connection with the casino’s construction. The cash would be paid in place of developer fees and property taxes that the tribe would owe the school district.

Soboba is building a new casino and hotel complex on 37.5 acres of land on Soboba Road, west of Lake Park Drive, on reservation land north of San Jacinto. The land, east of the Country Club at Soboba Springs, which became part of the reservation in 2015, is within the school district’s boundaries.

The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will pay $1 million to the San Jacinto Unified School District mitigate fees from its new casino, which is under construction to replace the current facility on the reservation near San Jacinto.

The tribe and school district agreed that on payment of $1 million will be made by December 2018 instead of development fees of $308,000 and about 22 years of property taxes of $692,000.

The figures were calculated based on the money that would have come to the district if the land had not become part of the reservation and was developed.

Under the pact, which goes before the school board Tuesday, Nov. 14, the money can be used for kindergarten- through 12th-grade schools and facilities, including buying land, buildings, technology, athletic fields, playgrounds and long-term facility improvements.

The Soboba Aquatic Center is estimated to cost $5.7 million. About $692,000 of the $1 million from Soboba will be used for the pool project, district spokeswoman Dawn Lawrence said.

The rest of the center’s costs will be paid for through a 20-year loan, she said. The […]    

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