CPA board adopts $25.1M FY 2019 budget

The Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors holds a meeting at the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting classroom of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport. During the meeting, board members approved CPA’s fiscal year 2019 budget. (Ferdie de la Torre)

The Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors adopted a fiscal year 2019 budget of $25,084,922 for airports and seaports during its board meeting last Friday.

The board approved the budget at a meeting at the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting classroom of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport. CPA acting chair Thomas P. Villagomez presided over the meeting.

CPA board airport operations committee chair Barry C. Toves said the airport division has a budget of $15,357,728 for fiscal year 2019, while the seaport division has $7,727,194.

Toves said the fiscal year 2019 budget is a slight dip compared to last fiscal year’s budget of $16,809,500 for the airport division and 8,528,947 for the seaport division, for a total of $25,338,447.

CPA board financial affairs committee chair Kimberlyn King-Hinds told Saipan Tribune that it is a very conservative budget, but it ensures that eligible employees are given within-grade increases next fiscal year.

King-Hinds said the pullout of both Delta Air Lines and Cape Air resulted in a reduction in revenue.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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