SUVA CITY COUNCIL FACES FISCAL CRISIS

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SUVA, Fiji (August 18, 1997 - PACNEWS)---The Suva City Council is in the process of reviewing its entire operations in the face of a major financial crisis.

Fiji's capital has an accumulated debt of $16.6-million, dating back to 1982. The review process will include cutbacks in staff and operating expenses and expanded efforts to increase revenue collection.

The Suva City Council now is seeking $1.6-million from the national government to help bail Fiji's largest city out of its current fiscal woes, but plans to ask for more.

Reports from Suva say the current debts were largely inherited from previous administrations. They include $9.7-million for expansion of the Suva Market and construction of bus stands years ago.

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