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Long line at GPO for refund checks

by Krystal Paco

Guam - The tax refund line at the Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning wrapped around Chuck E. Cheese, behind the movie theaters and back up to the parking lot almost to the start of the line. Residents were all smiles and cheer equipped with umbrellas and chairs for what looked to be a day's worth of wait for tax refunds."

By the look on 88-year-old Oliva Mendiola's face, you'd think she won the lottery. "I have three checks...$779 for the first check, $493, and $476!" she happily proclaimed. Mendiola, who was allowed to move to the front of the line, still waited an hour with her sister, Celina Gonzales, to pick up her tax refund checks from 2008, 2009, and 2010.

The wait, however, didn't seem to bother her as she thanked Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio as he left GPO.  "A lot of people are happy now," he said, "and we're hoping that the Legislature will do as they indicated they would and go for the Series 'B' so we can pay for 2011."

For some like Ramona Longa, happiness couldn't be contained as she danced her way to the front of the line. Longa is ready to spend her refund to pay off some debt as well as dental work for her young son, who she hopes won't foot the bill for her refund today in the future. "I'm hoping my son, he's only 5, is not going to have to pay for all the debt the Government of Guam has incurred over the years, so I'm hoping it all gets paid before he turns 18," she told KUAM News.

For 31-year-old Justin Guzman who picked up his refund, he sees the bond as good for Guam's economy. "I mean it's a matter of people spending the money that they get; if they don't spend it, it's not going to move anywhere. If people keep it the money's not flowing," he said. 

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