Guam - Ahead of a public hearing tomorrow morning on legislation regarding financing for the reconstruction of the Historic Guam Legislature Building, freshman senator Michael Limtiaco has voiced his opposition to the measure.
Bill 155 introduced by Senator Rory Respicio approves the terms and conditions of the appended agreement between Bank of Guam and the Guam Legislature on financing for the Old Legislature Building.
In a release, Limtiaco says he's against building a lavish palace for our senators to reside in adding we cannot lose focus on our priorities. He further states that Bill 155 ignores the needs of and failing to prioritize education, public safety and healthcare and highlights the lack of focusing our tax dollars on priorities.
The Legislature's executive director Vince Arriola has responded saying the renovations will actually save taxpayers money every year. In a release, he says the legislature spends $40,000 a month on rent and utilities for the existing legislature building whereas the monthly payment for the renovation of the historic building will be no more than $25,000 and will see significant savings in utilities due to the energy efficient elements being installed.
He further adds the renovation brings back an important part of the Chamorro heritage and says for Senator Limtiaco to imply that the renovation is an "extravagant palace is an insult to the great leaders of our island's history who walked those hallowed halls and created laws that helped define who we are today."
The public hearing is set for Thursday at 8:30 in the morning.