2 Oct 2012

American Samoa budget signed but cut back nearly 10 percent

2:34 pm on 2 October 2012

The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has signed a 2013 budget bill of 454 point 8 million US dollars.

This is nearly 43 million less than the administration wanted.

The Fono approved only a 4 month budget for the American Samoa Power Authority and removed another 6 point 8 million that it expects to be covered by the tobacco loan settlement.

The governor vetoed allocations to several executive branch offices, saying there was no justification for them.

These include amounts of 100 thousand dollars each to the Election Office, the Small Village Fund and the Territorial Energy Office.

The Fono had deleted funding for two other executive branch agencies, the

Department of Information Technology and the American Samoa Economic Stimulus and Recovery Office.

Governor Togiola says this could mean 20 workers losing their jobs.