Archive for August 18th, 2011

August 18, 2011

Departure Fees

The following opinion piece was published as “Guest View” in the August 15 issue of Tia Belau by Sandra S. Pierantozzi – –

There is truth to what the Vice President has stated that “funding state block grants—which are recurring budgetary items—from one-time funding sources is not good fiscal management policy.”  That is indeed sound fiscal management policy.  However, to use the environmental protection departure fee to fund the state block grants, even though that is a continuous source of revenues, is not proper.  In fact, to do so is deceitful because Palau is telling all visitors to Palau that the environmental protection departure fee is exactly for that—environmental protection.

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