Reorganization or disorganization? Public hearing held for consolidation plan

by Clynt Ridgell, KUAM News
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Legislature resumed it's public hearing on one of Governor Felix Camacho's reorganization bills, Bill 212. This proposed legislation would create the Department of Finance and Administration as well as transfer the responsibilities of the accounting operations, data processing, human resources, and procurement functions of the Guam Public School System to the new consolidated agency.

GPSS superintendent Juan Flores provided testimony against the bill in last weeks hearing when it was discovered that the Department of Administration hasn't even been paying the 83.2 % of withholding tax to GPSS as mandated by law. Senator Bob Klitzkie (R) says he's not in support of Bill 212 because of DOA's inability to make payments and is not happy with the answers that DOA director Lou Perez provided for not making these payments

"There was actually no good explanation as to why the three quarter of a million dollars that should've been paid in October wasn't paid, nor the 83% of interest and penalties on withholding taxes which amounts to about $83,000 a month giving a total of a million dollars more that wasn't paid over," the senator told KUAM News.

According to testimony given by Perez, these payments may have been accidentally overlooked and were not purposely withheld.

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