Raises requested for mayors, vice mayors - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Raises requested for mayors, vice mayors

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - All this week, the Legislative Committee on Appropriations will be hearing from various government agencies and departments on how much they believe they'll need to stay afloat come next fiscal year. While you'd expect to hear about cuts, today: talks of raises.

19 years ago mayors were getting paid. $46,062 annually, today's mayors are getting paid $46,062 annually. Mayor's Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan presented their budget and included is a request for a raise for all mayors and vice mayors, saying, "It's an opportunity for their rates go from $22.15 an hour to something like $26.57 per hour."

According to Sablan, mayors and vice mayors are entitled to receive the same 10% increments that public safety officers are supposed to get, unlike others. "We have seen GG1s where conservation officers other law enforcement officers or people that are not directly in the field of public safety have been covered under the police officers law," he explained.

Sablan told lawmakers that mayors and vice mayors are peace officers and therefore are eligible under the law. He believes he could have actually implemented the raises at the end of this fiscal year, based on moves made straight out of the legislature's playbook, saying, "When I saw that you're director implemented what was already in the law and has not been implemented for years."

It was in February KUAM news reported the 30th Guam Legislature gave themselves a pay raise and retroactive pay after learning of an old law that set their compensation at half the rate of the annual salaries of superior court judges as a result their salaries went up from 55-thousuand dollars sixty thousand annually.  Sablan says the request for raises for mayors and vice mayors who haven't seen one in two decades is justified. "If it would be challenged, it would be challenged," he said.

Lawmakers meanwhile are working to approve a budget whether it's for FY2012 or a biennial budget as submitted by Governor Eddie Calvo by the end of next month.

We should note Sablan said if the Mayors Council were to make cuts they are considering the possibility of cutting hours at village of community centers and possibly charging constituents for using chairs and canopies as well as asking that they pick them up instead of mayors staff dropping them off.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Robert Afaisen named source of largest cocaine bust ever

    Robert Afaisen named source of largest cocaine bust ever

    An indictment has been handed down against the defendants charged in what GPD is calling their largest cocaine bust ever. Court documents identify Robert Afaisen as the source of the drugs. He reportedly told police the drugs washed up on the shore of hisMore >>
    An indictment has been handed down against the defendants charged in what GPD is calling their largest cocaine bust ever. Court documents identify Robert Afaisen as the source of the drugs. He reportedly told police the drugs washed up on the shore of hisMore >>
  • Pounds of crystal meth found in cargo

    Pounds of crystal meth found in cargo

    Unsealed in the District Court of Guam today, pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine found in cargo. The case going back nearly two years. According to court filings, customs officers were inspecting cargo when they discovered more than 5-pounds of sMore >>
    Unsealed in the District Court of Guam today, pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine found in cargo. The case going back nearly two years. According to court filings, customs officers were inspecting cargo when they discovered more than 5-pounds of sMore >>
  • Charissa Tenorio makes court appearance

    Charissa Tenorio makes court appearance

    Arrested on criminal charges, but only walking away with a traffic ticket. This is the case for 34-year-old Charissa Marie Tenorio, the woman whose arrest was linked to an apparent scheme to smuggle prison contraband. Tenorio appeared in court on Friday aMore >>
    Arrested on criminal charges, but only walking away with a traffic ticket. This is the case for 34-year-old Charissa Marie Tenorio, the woman whose arrest was linked to an apparent scheme to smuggle prison contraband. Tenorio appeared in court on Friday aMore >>
Powered by Frankly