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Government agencies continue to assess impact on buildup

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - With two weeks left to comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, the Guam Legislature continues to hold roundtables with the different government agencies to discuss the possible impacts the military buildup could have. Today, Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks said it was difficult to quantify the anticipated impact on the Office of Public Accountability.

"We always had concern about infrastructure of roads, utilities my concern is whether the financial infrastructure was in place for like agencies like revenue and taxation to ensure that we had the capability of going and ensuring that those military contractors we were collecting our 4%," she said.

She adds there is a presumed growth in operations for the general government along with education and public safety. She told lawmakers the OPA share in that growth but it will most likely be small.

Meanwhile, many of the public safety agencies were scheduled for this today's roundtable but none showed up. This follows as the Governor's Buildup office director Mark Calvo wrote to the legislature asking to reschedule the hearings. Calvo says the buildup office is in receipt of agency draft inputs and comments on the Draft SEIS and are currently reviewing them to ensure that agency assessments on the impacts indicated in the study are accurate. He adds the Buildup Office is preparing to submit final agency comments to the governor on June 12 which at the same time would be available to senators and the public. He requested for the hearings to take place the following day on June 13 to provide the legislature with final input from the agencies.
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