The American Samoa Visitors Bureau proposed budget for FY2021 did not attract one question from lawmakers unlike previous years where former Director David Vaeafe was drilled by the Fono regarding the bureau’s budget and especially his salary and benefits.
The chairman of the ASVB Board Malemo Tausaga accompanied Director Taimalelagi Minnie Tuia at their budget review last week. Right after introductory remarks by the Board chairman, a motion was moved by Senator Faiivae Alex Godinet to excuse the witnesses so that they can return to work and try to look for tourists for the territory. There were no objections and questions and Malemo and Taimalelagi were then excused.
The ASVB budget is increased from $676,000 to $743,500 and two employees are added to the 6 positions in the FY2020 budget.
Personnel costs are budgeted at $377,000 a 21% increase over FY2020, contractual services remain at $77,000, materials and supplies are increased 6% to $45,500, All others are up 1% to $85,500, and equipment is up 17% to $14,000.
The Travel budget drops 10% from $50,000 to $45,000.
The two new positions are a Community Liaison Coordinator and a Local Project Development Coordinator with salaries of $34,500 each.
The salary of the director remains at $85,000, the deputy director’s salary is unchanged at $64,500, and that of an executive assistant special projects remains at $35,000. But the salary of Miss American Samoa is reduced from $30,000 to $25,000.
There are only two career service positions: an events and marketing officer at $42,516, and an information officer at $20,999.