Palau Court Allows Koror State To Increase Visitor Permit Fees

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Jellyfish Lake, Rock Island access permits jump in price

By Peter Erick Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, May 31, 2012) – Supreme Court Associate Justice Alexandra Foster denied yesterday the motion of the national government to stop the Koror State Government for implementing of the new permit fees for Rock Island use and Jellyfish Lake visits which will be effective today.

The Attorney General’s Office has earlier filed a motion in court seeking a temporary restraining order against the planned increase.

The government has argued that the looming increase is a violation of 40 PNC 2012.

40 PNC 2012states that "no enactment of a state government which would impose a tax, charge or fee shall be effective unless enactment shall contain detailed description of the activity, purchase, or other purposes to be accomplished with the revenue to be generated thereby, and a specific date of termination of such tax, charge, or fee reflecting the anticipated achievement of the objective of the enactment."

Foster in her order also set June 8 for a hearing concerning the government’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

The order stated that the government has yet to file a complaint against Koror State concerning preliminary injunction.

Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lakes are the two famous tourists spots in Palau and the fees are increased to at least 100 percent.

Rock Island use permit fee will increase from $25 to $50 while the Jellyfish Lake permit fee will be increased from $35 to $100.

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