9 May 2011

American Samoa government millions behind in payment to utility

3:09 pm on 9 May 2011

The American Samoa Government owes over five million US dollars in unpaid utility costs.

And the amount is growing with the government unable to make payments due to its ongoing financial crisis.

The governor, Togiola Tulafono, is continuing to blame the Fono, saying lawmakers failed to enact three revenue raising measures in March.

He says because of the current financial constraints some government agencies have received much less from the executive branch than they are supposed to get.

He cites the Power Authority which is now owed millions in unpaid expenses.

The governor says there are also local businesses faced with delays in getting payments from the government.