Hawai‘i Council Meeting to Address Property Tax Increase

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A special meeting of the Hawai‘i County Council will be held in the Hawai‘i County Building in Hilo on Monday, June 5, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m.

The meeting will address the proposed increase in property taxes as well as other agenda items.

Resolution 213-17: DETERMINES THE REAL PROPERTY TAX RATES FOR THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017, TO JUNE 30, 2018. The rates are based on Mayor Harry Kim’s proposed operating budget (Bill 11, Draft 2), which raises all classes of property except the affordable rental housing class by approximately 6.5%.

Public attendance via courtesy site is available at the following locations until 4:30 p.m. or later in the event public testimony has not been completed:

  • Kona Council Office, West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway, Building A
  • Pāhoa Council Office, 15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road

Public attendance via courtesy site is also available at the following locations until public testimony has been completed:

  • Nāʻālehu State Office Building, 95-5669 Māmalahoa Highway, Nāʻālehu
  • Old Kohala Courthouse, 54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapa‘au

If, due to unanticipated circumstances, the courtesy site is unavailable and/or participation is disrupted, the scheduled meeting will continue.

Live stream of County Council Meetings: Council meetings are available for live viewing. Click on “Council Meetings” on the county’s homepage.

For further information, call (808) 961-8255.


Submitting Written Testimony: Those submitting written testimony at the meeting should bring 14 copies for distribution. Public testimony may also be submitted before noon on the business day prior to the meeting:

  • by mail to the County Clerk’s Office in Hilo at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawai‘i, 96720
  • by facsimile to (808) 961-8912
  • by e-mail to [email protected]

Submit separate testimony for each item.

Submitting Video Testimony: Those submitting video testimony may email a complete web address (url) to [email protected] before noon on the business day prior to the meeting. The email shall indicate the appropriate Committee or Council meeting, the meeting date, agenda item (communication, bill, resolution, or report number), and number of testifiers on the video submittal. Each video submittal shall be limited to a single agenda item. Video submittals may contain up to three individual testifiers and shall each be up to three minutes in length. Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; however, it will be distributed to council members prior to the meeting. The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Council Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony).



View council meetings on Government Access Television – Channel 55:

Wednesdays, June 14, and 21, 2017, at 6 p.m.

Fridays, June 16 and 23, 2017, at noon.

Sundays, June 18 and 25, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Check the most current legislative broadcast schedule on the Na Leo ‘O Hawai‘i website.

The Hawai‘i County Building is located at 25 Aupuni St.

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