At their March 2, 2011 meeting, the Washtenaw County board of commissioners passed a resolution recognizing that the United Way of Washtenaw County is a legitimate local nonprofit, and authorizing the county clerk to complete a form from the state’s charitable gaming division. The resolution is required from a local government entity by the state’s Bingo Act in order for the United Way to hold a charitable fundraiser that includes gambling. There had been some discussion of the resolution at the board’s Feb. 26 administrative briefing – at Wednesday’s meeting, county administrator Verna McDaniel clarified that the nonprofit needed permission in order to raffle off gift baskets at the March 9 Power of the Purse fundraising event.
This brief was filed from the county board of commissioners meeting at the Washtenaw County administration building. A more detailed report will follow.