OPA wants to audit Liberation carnival finances

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The recent Liberation celebration is notable for having more sponsors than previous celebrations because it was the 75th anniversary of the event.

The Office of Public Accountability wants to audit the financial reports of the Liberation Carnival and the Guam Island Fair.

Public Auditor Benjamin J.F. Cruz has already sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio and Mayor’s Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan requesting for the financial documents of the recently completed Guam Island Fair and Liberation Day Carnival.

According to Cruz, the audit is required by Public Law 35-4, which states that:

“The Mayors Council of Guam shall be subject to an audit by the Office of Public Accountability (OPA) within thirty (30) days of completion of the Guam Island Fair and Liberation Day Carnival. All financial documents that are required for this audit shall be submitted by the Mayors Council of Guam to the OPA, or the activities permitted under § 64.62 shall be suspended. The OPA shall publish the audit and submit its report to the Speaker of I Liheslaturan Guåhan.”

According to Cruz, the required documents should be turned over to his office by Sept. 18.

Upon receiving the documents, Cruz said OPA will conduct an audit of all transactions related to the 75th Guam Liberation festivities.

The recent Liberation celebration is notable for having more sponsors than previous celebrations because it was the 75th anniversary of the event.

It also featured gambling in the “House of Cards” whose revenue could determine whether gambling would be back in the next liberation carnival.

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