27 Sep 2017

American Samoa budget nears deadline

8:09 pm on 27 September 2017

The American Samoa Senate has given final approval to the government's $US395 million budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins on Sunday.

The Senate approval was made through passage of the House of Representatives version of the budget bill.

However, senators made one major amendment to the bill, by increasing the Fono's budget by $US500000.

The House version of the budget bill was approved in third and final reading yesterday.

It now goes back to the House and if they disagree with the amendments, a Conference Committee of both chambers will be called to iron out the final language of the budget bill.

The Fono must approved a final budget version by this Friday and send to the governor for his review and approval.

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Photo: AFP