Duenas Bill Proposes Leasing DYA Property to Finance New Facility

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Guam -Senator Chris Duenas has proposed a measure that would allow the Department of Youth Affairs to lease property it currently controls in order to raise funds to build a new facility in Mangilao.

Bill 261 would authorize DYA to lease their Talofofo lot and it would create a DYA Facility Fund into which the lease proceeds would be deposited. The money would be used to build a new facility for DYA.

READ Bill 261

A release quotes Senator Duenas as saying that “For many years DYA has had re-occurring problems with overcrowding, and poor conditions for facilitating rehabilitative programs for our youth, consequently creating poor working conditions for staff as well.” And he says his bill would provide ” an opportunity to proactively take advantage of resources by leveraging pre-existing government assets,” adding that it “could be the model of doing business during these lean economic times.”

READ Senator Duenas’s release in FULL below:

For Immediate Release
To All Media
Senator Dueñas introduces Bill to leverage existing assets to fund new DYA facility
(Hagåtña, Thursday, July 07, 2011) Senator Chris Dueñas introduced a Bill that would permit the Department of Youth Affairs (DYA) to seek individuals or companies interested in leasing their existing Talofofo lot. The leasehold payments would then be a source of payment for financing the
design and construction of a new facility on its pre-existing Mangilao lot.

“Years ago, the concept of the Talofofo Cottage Homes status offender facility was logical; however, now-a-days, streamlining the two facilities will save money and situate DYA in the best physical location for its mission,” said Senator Dueñas, sponsor of Bill 261. With competitive climates, our youth need to be able to easily access our institutions of higher learning. By instigating a facility in Mangilao, UOG and GCC will be in close proximity, just as the education and training they will need to succeed in life will be..”

Bill No. 261–31 (COR) is “An act to provide the Department of Youth Affairs with the authority to enter into a lease of its Talofofo property for the purpose of utilizing the leasehold payments as a source for the repayment of funds borrowed to design, construct, and equip its new facility; and, to
add a new Article 3 to Chapter 20, Title 19, Guam Code Annotated, relative to establishing the “Department of Youth Affairs Facility Fund.”

“For many years DYA has had re-occurring problems with overcrowding, and poor conditions for facilitating rehabilitative programs for our youth, consequently creating poor working conditions for staff as well,” Dueñas said. “This bill provides an opportunity to proactively take advantage of
resources by leveraging pre-existing government assets to fund a project at little, to no cost to tax payers.”

“When it comes to debt service and cost savings to the taxpayers of Guam, this bill could be the model of doing business during these lean economic times and beyond!” (Dueñas) Senator V. Anthony Ada, Senator Rory Respicio, and Vice Speaker Cruz are co-sponsors of Bill No. 261–31 (COR).
Bill No. 261–31 (COR) can be found on the guamlegislature.com website under the Bills tab, and 31st