by Krystal Paco
Guam - The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority owes $258,000 in merit bonuses to its employees.
Following a board of commissioners meeting this morning, GHURA executive director Mike Duenas says commissioners are waiting on updates from their controller on whether or not the agency can pay the full amount to current and former employees owed since the merit bonus law was enacted in 1991.
If the full payout is not possible, commissioners will consider following in the Department of Education's footsteps in which DOE only paid out merit bonuses for the last three years. This would only cost GHURA $34,000.
Duenas adds that GHUTA cannot use current funds to pay for prior year obligations and are looking at non-federal funds to make the payouts.