What started out as $70,000 in developers' infrastructure tax ballooned by 138 percent to $166,582 that Saipan lawmakers appropriated yesterday for four projects, including those at the Public School System, an animal shelter sewer disposal system, a crosswalk, and a basketball court.
The Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation passed Rep. Ray Yumul's (Ind-Saipan) House Local Bill 17-90, House Draft 2 by a vote of 16-0.
Of the total amount, $96,582 will go to PSS' water and wastewater program. The expenditure authority for this funding is the education commissioner.
The delegation also appropriated $20,000 for an animal shelter sewer disposal system, with the Saipan mayor as expenditure authority.
Another $30,000 will be used for the construction of a crosswalk fronting Eucon International School and other locations on Saipan, and the remaining $20,000 will be for the construction and improvement of the drainage system by the San Antonio basketball court. The Department of Public Works secretary is the expenditure authority for these funds.
In the original version of the local bill, the collection from developers' infrastructure tax was only $77,000, and was meant to fund only two projects: $60,000 for PSS's water and wastewater program, and $10,000 for the animal shelter project.
Zoning board member confirmation
By a vote of 16-0, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation also confirmed Gov. Benigno R. Fitial's appointment of Natalie Mable E. Ayuyu to serve as a member of the Commonwealth Zoning Board.
Ayuyu will serve a two-year term.
Fitial appointed Ayuyu on Sept. 25. Days later or on Oct. 4, the governor transmitted to the delegation the requirements supporting Ayuyu's nomination including her resume, statement of financial interest, police clearance, and drug test receipt.