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Governor reacts to class action lawsuit

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - The Calvo Administration reacts to a class action lawsuit filed at the superior court.

Attorney Curtis Van De Veld represents the estate of Rita Aquino Salas who alleges GovGuam failed to comply with Public Law 22-73. The legislation requires GovGuam compensate real property owners for land that was taken for public roadways and easements.

Today, Governor Eddie Calvo tells KUAM its too soon to predict ramifications of the lawsuit. "This lawsuit has just been put out in the past 24 hours. I've instructed our staff at the administration and our lawyers let's review the complaint and we'll move from there. Of course there will be discussions with the Attorney General's Office as well."

In a 1992 report out of the Department of the Interior it's estimated in excess of $73 million is owed to such property owners.

Although the law was originally vetoed by then-governor Joseph Ada, it was overridden by the 22nd Guam Legislature.

The public law requires that the governor of Guam within 120 days of its passage to develop a list of landowners whose lands had been taken or used for public access and public utilities on Guam without being compensated.

It further mandated that rev and tax remove those properties from real estate tax rolls and refrain from collecting real property taxes.
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