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Tinian mayor seeking to save 25 government jobs

TINIAN Mayor Edwin P. Aldan on Wednesday urged House members to save the jobs of 25 municipal employees.

Edwin P. Aldan

Chaired by Rep. Ivan A. Blanco, the House Ways and Means Committee gave the mayor and other Tinian municipal officials the opportunity to air their concerns regarding their fiscal 2020 budget.

The administration proposed an $8.8 million budget for Tinian which received $9.7 million in FY 2019.

The administration’s FY 2020 budget submission for Tinian proposes to eliminate 25 FTE positions. These include 10 police officers, three conservation officers and three mayor’s office staffers.

Mayor Aldan said these positions have been filled already. “So who’s going to pay them?” he asked.

On Tinian, the mayor said, no one in the private sector is hiring so the municipal government is the only employer for local residents.

The proposed FY 2020 budget for Tinian would lay off many employees.

“We cannot lose those [them],” he added.

Tinian Sen. Frank Borja said the municipal government has already made cuts and cannot “survive” deeper cuts.

“Tinian has always been getting very minimal funding and to cut us more will be harder for our people,” Borja said.

“Private businesses don’t hire there so people come to government looking for jobs,” he said.

Blanco said his committee will continue to hold budget hearings to give all agencies and departments an opportunity to air their concerns that lawmakers will try to address.