Guam – Senator Ben Pangelinan says he met with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Assistant Commander for Acquisitions, Robert Griffin during his recent visit to Washington D.C. to ask NAVFAC to help Guam’s Department of Rev & Tax identify and collect taxes from buildup related contract awards.
Other topics discussed were potential labor agreements, the prevailing wage and its administration to contract awards, and the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.
Pangelinan, who chairs the legislature’s Appropriations Committee is quoted in the release as saying that he and Griffin agreed that “Guam must collect our fair share of taxes on military projects in order to properly plan and fund activity that is paramount to our success as a host community for the Military Realignment of Marines from Okinawa.”
“Although the Military Housing Privatization Initiative has been successfully implemented in places like Hawaii, I have some concerns about its impact to the local real estate market. The real estate community is potentially at risk because of this initiative and I want to ensure that we do everything possible to protect the current local rental market.”
Griffin is scheduled to be on Guam this week, and at his request, Senator Pangelinan will meet with Griffin and NAVFAC Marians Acquisitions Director, Andrew Wall.