Gutting of property tax credit shocking

I applaud the initiative of the Committee for Equitable Taxation (The Maui News, Sept. 17). The virtual gutting of the circuit breaker property tax credit and the actions of our County Council need to be challenged.

As a fixed-income retiree who has qualified for the credit for the past 11 years, I was shocked to find that the criteria for qualification for the credit has been so completely changed as to make it impossible for me to ever qualify again. I know there will be many more taxpayers out there who will be as surprised as me when they routinely apply for their credit this year.

Earlier this year, Mayor Alan Arakawa vetoed the bill amending the credit and said, “I believe the unintended consequences of this bill are severe enough to merit further consideration” (The Maui News, April 21). So what do the council members do? They ignore the warning and unanimously override the veto. I wonder how many of these public servants were personally, significantly affected by their actions.

I guarantee that momentum on this topic is going to gain significant traction in the ensuing months. Stay tuned.

David Ward