The Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation in their session last week at the House chamber on Capitol Hill passed a funding measure costing about $3.3 million.
The measure included funding for a generator for the CNMI Legislative building on Capitol Hill, which was ravaged by blackouts that disrupted meetings all throughout last Friday and Thursday.
The $3.3 million is derived from the revenues collected from annual pachinko slot and poker machine annual local licensing fees for fiscal year 2018.
The delegation appropriated $1.7 million to the Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance, or SHEFA, with $220,000 allocated for their personnel and operations; $30,000 for the Saipan Little League; $84,000 for the Commonwealth Zoning Board; $265,000 for the Saipan Mayor’s Office’s operations; $135,000 to the Northern Islands Mayor’s Office for boat charters, operations and maintenance, repairs and renovations of municipal buildings, offices, and capital equipment, and more.
A total of $310,000 will be distributed to each precinct with Precinct I getting $85,000 for the paving and construction of Aluu Drive and road bumps on Essok Avenue; $50,000 for the renovation and upgrade of the Susupe Manhoben Center in Precinct II; $75,000 to Precinct III for drainage improvements and more; $50,000 for Precinct IV’s upgrading and refurbishing of their basketball courts and for the construction of a road bump on St. Lourdes Dr. and Mamati Lp. in San Roque; and $50,000 for the upgrade of the Kagman II basketball courts.
Another $120,000 is appropriated to the Liberation Day activities; $30,000 for the annual Flame Tree Arts Festival; $23,000 for the Voices of the CNMI Saipan Chapter for their participation at the 2018 Self Advocacy Being Empowered in Alabama; $5,000 for the Saipan International Fishing Derby; $125,000 for the Drug Court for treatment and operations; $100,000 for the Northern Marianas Trades Institute for their operations and personnel; and $100,000 for the Legislative Bureau, with $70,000 going to the purchase of a generator system and payment for the layout design, $30,000 for operations, and $25,000 for the CNMI High School Mock Trial Program.