Mayors need funding by June to address budget shortfall and ensure continuity of operations

Mayors Council of Guam meeting. (PNC photo)

The Mayors Council of Guam needs additional funds to address its budget shortfall by June to ensure operations and other expenses are covered — and the funding may not necessarily come from the American Rescue Plan allotments for Guam.

The MCOG is facing a $2.8 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year. With several months to go until the end of FY2021, Mayors Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan said during the council meeting this week that MCOG is reporting a revenue loss from the current year appropriations and they are requesting the governor to provide additional funds so that they can carry through to the next fiscal year.

Sablan says that Piti Mayor Jesse Alig, the current MCOG President, is working on securing those funds.

Mayor Alig told NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that the Council needs an infusion of money to cover the budget shortfall by the end of June.

Should they fail to find the funds to cover the shortfall by June, their operations and programs may be impacted.

Alig says they are asking the mayors to properly budget from July to the end of the current fiscal year.

Instead of the American Rescue Plan Funds, which are used for COVID-19 related expenses, he says other funding sources are being looked at to cover the shortfall since some of the mayors’ program expenses are not allowed under ARP such as the islandwide beautification efforts of the mayors.