AMERICAN SAMOA REVENUES DRYING UP

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (August 7, 2000 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---A construction company is suing the government for not paying the firm for work done on the roof of the Veterans Memorial Stadium in the capital, Pago Pago.

This is just the latest incident that points to a lack of funds in the government’s coffers.

Government employees are having their paychecks refused at banks because of insufficient government funds.

Some observers say these incidents are typical.

"This is not the first time a company has sued the government to try to get payment," said reporter Monica Miller in an interview with Pacific Beat’s Peter McArthur.

An American woman hired by the government to head the Tax Office left the job mid-way into her two-year contract, Miller noted.

"There has yet to be an official statement from the government as to why the woman left," Miller said. "Her resignation letter was never publicized or released to the media."

"The agents weren’t collecting as much (taxes) as they were supposed to so the governor felt the woman didn’t serve her purpose," Miller added.

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