Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration is strengthening public safety in its Fiscal Year 2024 budget, with funds to recruit and hire 110 public safety personnel. This includes 40 police officers, 20 correction officers, 30 customs and quarantine officers, and 20 firefighters, and is in addition to the nearly 100 public safety recruitments currently in progress.
“Stronger public safety starts with a stronger police presence in all our villages, stronger law enforcement at our borders, and stronger emergency response across the board,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We’ve already invested in advanced patrol cars and equipment and made historic investments in the retention and recruitment of law enforcement officers. With this budget, we recommit ourselves to reducing crime and protecting Guam’s families.”
People Are Our Number One Resource
In addition to investments in public safety, the FY2024 budget recognizes the importance of parity and funds the General Pay Plan (GPP). Approved by Governor Leon Guerrero this week, the GPP reflects a comprehensive review of the compensation of a broad variety of positions in government across different disciplines and professions, which have not been updated since 2014. The GPP will require over $23 million in FY2024.
“Our island’s hard working employees have waited too long to receive these adjustments, which will ensure our public servants receive comparable compensation with their private sector counterparts and enable these employees to continue in public service without requiring them to sacrifice their families’ standard of living,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “This update to the GPP is the result of months of diligent effort by our personnel experts in the executive branch.”
Investments in Technology
For three decades, GovGuam has relied on an antiquated financial management system known as the AS400. This budget invests $11 million towards the second payment of a new, state-of-the-art Financial Management Information System (FMIS). This system will ensure faster, more accessible financial reports that will improve the Department of Administration’s cash management and transparency.
The FY2024 spending plan is based on months of data clearly demonstrating Guam’s resiliency and recovery from COVID-19. This administration eliminated the general fund deficit during its first term and created millions in surpluses in the last two fiscal years. Although this year’s budget has increased by $69.1 million over the current fiscal year, these revenue projections are supported by the trends with our current revenue collections. The General Fund has collected through the first three months of FY2023 over $29 million over adopted levels for the same first three months of FY2023. Special Funds, notably the Tourist Attraction Fund, are continuing to exceed monthly projections with the gradual return of tourism to Guam.
“We are providing a spending plan that best reflects the times we face both now and in FY2024 and seek your collective support to pass a measure which mirrors this plan,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “I look forward to working with the members of the 37th Guam legislature to pass a FY2024 Budget that contains the funding resources for the greater good of the People of Guam.”
Please use the following links to view the Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget Request
1) FY 2024 EBR Electronic Viewing
– (FY 2024 Executive Budget Request (E-VIEW))
2) FY 2024 EBR Print Version