Acting Governor Josh Tenorio on Sunday directed the Department of Revenue and Taxation (DRT) to accept applications without mayors’ verifications upon the commencement of the All RISE application process.
All other requirements will continue and DRT will verify the residency of applicants with mayors after the applications are submitted.
In a July 25 letter to DRT director Dafne Shimizu, Tenorio stated that while he appreciates the efforts of DRT to assist the village mayors in addressing required verifications under the provisions of the applicable rules governing the All RISE program, some of their offices continue to experience difficulty satisfying the heightened demand.
To help alleviate these challenges and in consideration of the fact that there is neither a definition for the term “Guam mayor’s verification” nor a prescribed process for issuing that document contained in the applicable rules, Tenorio said this particular requirement can be satisfied through an administrative review process undertaken by DRT and the various mayors’ offices after applications are accepted.
Moving forward, Tenorio said applicants will not be required to include mayors’ verification with their applications.
Applicants will still be required to include their village residency information as part of the application, which DRT will use to verify with village mayors through its administrative process.
In all cases, applications shall be reviewed and verified in the order of acceptance, meaning “first-in, first-out” or “first-come, first-served”.
“I am confident that this process will alleviate the increased demand for residency verifications at mayors’ offices,” Tenorio said. “We will continue to find ways to direct aid in the most effective and impactful ways so that our island can rebuild better than before,” he added.