by Krystal Paco
Guam - Despite initial assurances from Adelup that Bill 19 wouldn't affect the Mayors Council of Guam, Rev & Tax officials say otherwise.
At a meeting held this past week, MCOG officials learned its impacts to village fiestas, fairs, festivals, and regular man'amko operations, inclusive of bingo.
Sinajana mayor Robert Hoffman says the legislation now public law is a disappointment with regrets across the board. "I know this affects a lot of operations on our end because I know most mayors take in what money they do get from these concessions from their fiestas do go to the different functions already like we said, it's kind of funny because as the tax is collected one third ends up going back to the mayors council here so we're saying let us keep our one third and don't tax us at all we want to obey the law but we're hoping the legislature addresses this in upcoming sessions," he explained.
Bill 19 now Public Law 32-60, would collect taxes and license fees from Guam gaming activities and use the funds collected to fund sports facilities and activities throughout villages as well to operate an urgent care facility at GMH and pay the hospital's operations and debts.