The $1.5 million dollar request doesn’t even cover the $900 thousand dollars that the Chief of Police has requested to pay for overtime for public safety agencies to provide security for the festival.
Guam – The $1.5 million dollar FESTPAC shortfall found by the Public Auditor doesn’t even account for the $900 thousand dollars needed to provide security for the event. The administration has sent down a bill asking the legislature for an additional $1.5 million dollars but where will the cash come from?
The Governor’s office has submitted bill 303 asking the legislature to appropriate $1.5 million dollars for FESTPAC. According to the bill the funding source is from next fiscal years Tourist Attraction Fund revenues. “All of the budgets have already been submitted so all we need to do is take whatever amount is being requested for now and you would reduce it from the 2017,” explained Governor’s Spokeswoman Oyaol Ngiririkl.
However the cash for the 2017 budget hasn’t even been collected yet. So while the bill gives the spending authority it doesn’t identify an actual cash source. This means the actual cash would have to come out of this year’s cash flow. “Is it going to impact something? No,” said Ngiririkl.
The $1.5 million doesn’t even cover the $900 thousand dollars that the Chief of Police has requested to pay for overtime for public safety agencies to provide security for the festival. “Are you gonna have to ask for additional funding from the legislature for that $900 thousand as well? We may but you know again it’s being handled separately we just want to make sure that the solution that we bring to the community is a viable solution,” said Ngiririkl.
Meanwhile the cement huts at the Paseo cost $2.2 million dollars to build and the OPA found that the procurement process was not properly followed. “It was one of those issues where someone thought in one office that once the contract was done someone else was gonna take care of it, but we’re glad that it was raised It’s given us an opportunity to ensure that internal controls are strengthened so we can make sure that something like that doesn’t happen again,” said Ngiririkl.
The Governor’s Spokeswoman says that the Governor’s office really needs the bill passed to authorize them to spend the additional $1.5 million dollars needed for FESTPAC.