KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, July 8) — Sen. Yukiwo Dengokl recently returned $19,577.35 to the Palau treasury.

The money represents Dengokl’s unexpended official expense allowances for fiscal years 2001 and 2002.

He said he is returning the money to help ease the government’s fiscal problems.

"In light of the severe cash flow problems and the efforts by both the Senate and the House of Delegates as well as the executive branch at addressing such issues, I am hopeful that with everyone’s cooperation and diligence at implementing cost-cutting and fund-saving measures, we will be able to ride out the latest economic slowdown facing our nation," Dengokl said in his letter to Finance Minister Elbuchel Sadang.

Attached to the letter was the $19,577.35 check.

Dengokl said the Ministry of Finance should continue its efforts to step up the collection of taxes.

The government has been implementing belt-tightening measures in light of the revenue shortfall.

President Tommy Remengesau recently signed a supplemental appropriations bill that calls for more reductions in the expenses of the government’s three branches.

July 8, 2003

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