Governor Calvo Takes First Step to Establish Village and School Sports “Facilities Fund”

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Guam – Governor Calvo Calvo has taken the first step required by a new law to establish a special fund aimed at providing over $1-million dollars in support for village and school sports facilities.

The money for the fund will come from part of the proceeds collected from the new tax on gaming machines. It will be split amongst the village Mayors, the Department of Education, and the Department of Parks and Recreation for sports facilities repairs and upgrades.

Senators Chris Duenas and Tommy Morrison were co-sponsors of the legislation and a release from them today thanks the Governor for establishing the facilities fund.

The release quotes Senator Duenas as saying “We wanted to finally fix this problem. Our youth and families deserve better facilities from their government. This funding source will provide quality and well maintained facilities.”

And Senator Morrison says “our village mayors, the Department of Education and the Department of Parks & Recreation finally have a real funding source to make much needed repairs and improvements to the island’s sports facilities. This is a real win for our athletes.”

READ the release from Senator Morrison’s Office below:

Over $1 Million A Year For Sports Facilities; Senator Morrison and Senator Duenas thank Governor for establishing facilities fund for village and DOE sports facilities.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hagatna, Guam. Sports facilities in the villages and the schools are about to get a cash infusion for repairs and upgrades thanks to Governor Calvo.  On Monday, Senator Morrison and Senator Duenas met with Governor Calvo who directed his cabinet to establish a special fund required by law that will provide over $1 million per year in regular funding for school and village sports facilities.

The fund will address deferred maintenance at the island’s sports facilities due to funding constraints the past decade. “ I am pleased that Governor Calvo has worked with us in establishing this fund, as it will provide over a million dollars in funding for these facilities every single year moving forward. “ Morrison said.

The newly established funding source is derived from proceeds associated with legal limited gaming, and will be split amongst the village Mayors, the Department of Education, and the Department of Parks and Recreation for sports facilities repairs and upgrades.

According to Senator Chris Duenas, the catalyst of the public law was to provide a dedicated funding source for the maintenance of the island’s sports facilities, and provide better community facilities for students, athletes, and families. “We wanted to finally fix this problem. Our youth and families deserve better facilities from their government. This funding source will provide quality and well maintained facilities.”

Senator Tommy Morrison co-sponsor of the public law said, “our village mayors, the Department of Education and the Department of Parks & Recreation finally have a real funding source to make much needed repairs and improvements to the island’s sports facilities. This is a real win for our athletes.”  “We are pleased that the Governor has made village and school sports facilities a priority, as this will improve the quality of life for our youth and families, “ Duenas said.