by Nick Delgado
Guam - Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz introduced legislation today that would allow village mayors to drop solid waste at the Department of Public Works' landfill free of charge. Bill 443 would reinstate the landfill tipping fee exemption, which was taken away earlier this year. Cruz introduced the measure to safeguard millions of dollars for needed capital improvements that relied on the recently turned down USDA loan.
Cruz says the exemption for mayors was stopped as it was in conflict with the federal government's lending requirements. He also included a good citizen exemption in the measure, giving individuals or non-profit organizations, which voluntarily cleanup trash temporary relief from dumping fees.