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Raises requested for mayors, vice mayors

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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.

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