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Guam governor seeks extension of gas tax relief at the eleventh hour



By Pacific Island Times News Staff


On the eve of the expiration of the gas tax relief, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero today asked the Guam legislature to extend the waiver throughout the rest of the fiscal year.


The current moratorium on the levy of liquid fuel taxes expires Dec. 14.


"Due to the impending expiration of this moratorium, I am calling on the Guam Legislature to waive the levy of excise taxes, automotive surcharges, and mass transit automotive surcharges on liquid fuel for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2024, ending Sept. 30, 2024," the governor said in a letter to Speaker Therese Terlaje.

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The gas tax relief was first implemented in June 2022 and ran for 180 days to cushion the impact of inflation and help stabilize the rising price of fuel gasoline on Guam.


After its expiration, the moratorium was extended for another six months to alleviate the impact of Typhoon Mawar.


“In the aftermath of typhoon Mawar, our community relies on fuel for relief, whether to power their generators while the hardworking men and women of the Guam Power Authority strive to restore power to our community, to power equipment necessary to clear green waste and debris the storm left behind, or to help our community restore normalcy in their own lives, whether that means getting to work or to school,” the governor said in a letter to Speaker Therese Terlaje in June this year.


According to its fiscal note, the gas tax moratorium would reduce revenue by $4.5 million for the Guam Highway Fund and $157,000 for the Public Transit Fund.



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