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ANALYSIS: Kenoi’s 10% Tax Hike Not a Spending Spree

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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi. Courtesy image.
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi. Courtesy image.

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Posted By Rick Robinson on May 3, 2013 9:10 pm
I trust Kenoi to make the right decisions for the populace.
Posted By on May 4, 2013 7:56 am
Jan Mahuna , we posted a web link at the top of the article that provides a full copy of the budget. The proposed tax increases work out to 10.4% in total. The exact percentage increase for each individual property class isn't clear at this point, although the mayor's office did provide estimates based on average property values (see the table we posted within the article). We'll continue to update our readers as we learn more.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Byron-Matthews/735919198 Byron Matthews

    How about a few less 91 Million dollar courthouses or $50,000 lifeguard stands? Anyone else wonder why it costs as much to build a lifeguard stand as it does a house?

    Lets cut spending and pay a few less people not to work. Raising taxes doesn’t need to be the first go-to when the County can’t live within it’s means like the rest of us have to do.

  • Russell

    Byron, $91 million courthouses are a state thing. They run the Judiciary. But those police officers that catch the guys that end up in court? Those come from our county property taxes. I’m OK with paying more to beef that up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Byron-Matthews/735919198 Byron Matthews

      It sounds to me that they’re using the same contractor. A courthouse shouldn’t cost 91 million and a lifeguard stand shouldn’t cost $50,000.

      And for the record, I think it’s a conflict of interest to have ticket revenue go to HPD. It encourages spending valuable time on minini crimes like seatbelts, rather than actual crime fighting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1821787215 Aaron Stene

    The Mayor’s revised budget also increases the county’s share of the car registration renewals another 25.00 a year, according to West Hawaii Today. I read the Mayor’s budget message and don’t think this increase is needed or justified. The council should look for cost savings elsewhere.