Mayors ask for additional $1 million to cover COVID-19 costs

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Mayors Council Executive Director Angel Sablan, standing, said extra funds are needed to pay for a variety of unbudgeted expenses.

The Mayors Council of Guam has asked Governor Lou Leon Guerrero for at least an additional $1 million in funding to help cover the costs of fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayors Council Executive Director Angel Sablan said extra funds are needed to pay for a variety of unbudgeted expenses.

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And Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares at one point pounded the table pointing out how hard the mayors have been working throughout the crisis.

“Like for social distancing, we are now installing plexiglass guards in many of the villages. They’re being prefabricated now. And we are asking for more money for transportation and funding for PPE. Because all of our staff need masks and sanitizers and gowns,” Sablan said.

Savares added: “We have never stopped working. We have been out there to take care of our people. Whether it’s kids who needed food. Or the ones that line up to pick up boxes of food. We have never questioned why is that village getting this and I’m not getting that. If we have it, we share it. So if anyone has any questions about what the mayors are doing out there, the mayors and their staff have never stopped working.”

The Mayors Council has not yet received any additional funding from the CARES Act funds now in the hands of the Governor.

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