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Tinian implements 50% budget cut

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“WITH deepest regrets and profound sadness,” Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan announced that the island’s municipal government will implement a 50% budget cut for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 which ends on Sept. 30. Most likely, he said, the budget cut will remain in effect in FY 2021.


He noted that the bulk of the municipal budget is for personnel cost so “we are left with no choice but to furlough and/or implement a reduction in force.”
He added, “As your mayor, this is the most gut-wrenching decision I have ever had to make and I’ve been agonizing how to lessen the impact on each and every one of you and your families.”
In the past weeks, he said he has been deliberating with the rest of the Tinian leadership along with his resident directors and key management staff to ensure that despite the cuts, “the delivery of basic services and public programs will not be hampered, but continued in effective and efficient way.”
He said he instructed his management team to ensure that they will continue to provide assistance and support to the affected employees.
In addition, the mayor said, the municipal government will help fast-track the processing of applications for Medicaid, the Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Public Unemployment Assistance as soon as it becomes available.
Aldan urged municipal employees to start reviewing their eligibility requirements and to gather the required documents when applying for existing entitlement programs and PUA benefits.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Aldan said the municipal government “has fought to close down [the island’s] borders to protect the health of its community.”
However, he said, the closure of borders also “annihilated the tourism industry which has resulted in the precipitous drop of government revenues which they rely on to operate the government.”
The mayor added, “This is a global health and economic crisis which has not spared us. I pray every day that we remain Covid-19 free and that we continue to come together as one community to endure and face what will be some of our darkest days.”
In the original version of the fiscal year 2020 budget, Tinian was allotted $8.9 million, $4 million of which was for the mayor’s office.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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