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The 5% cut from each department was the way to go but no one wanted to even speak the words "cuts", "lay-offs", "down-sizing". It's called a "tough decision" and I've had to do it at my company many times over the last 29 years. It's the most heart-wrenching thing I have ever done but it had/has to be done. Don't want to lay people off - hey, increase the furlough days. No wait, that would mean commissioners would have to go back on campaign promises so they simply increase taxes instead. This board refuses to make those decision so now property owners will pony up more. A minimal amount you say? Maybe so but that's what Obama says about taxing the wealthiest in the country and giving to the poorest. They don't need that money is what he says. One more thing. You have just handicapped the Chamber and it's recruitment of new businesses. Congrats to the BOC! Lastly, please don't hail this as an achievement by the board. How do you congratulate a board for raising taxes on property owners? Regards, Termlimits
Maybe Johnson can use helium balloons to keep Guam from tipping over! Google Hank Johnson - Guam - Balloons if you want a good laugh.
If the shortfall is $1.25 M and the projected budget is approximtaely $46 M why not ask each department head for a 3% reduction in their budget? They can make it a headcount reduction or an operating efficiency reduction. ...and next year make each department head use a zero-based budgeting approach. That always causes a pause at each line item.
The question has still got to be asked to Commissioner Douglas as to why he was adamantly opposed to bidding the contract originally - before it was known that the previous company did not have a busines license. What would that have cost us over the next 5 years?
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