Public hearing on budget proposals set for April 18

The Maui News – The Maui County Council will be holding a public hearing on the proposed budget for the next fiscal year at 6 p.m. April 18 in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of the county building in Wailuku.

The hearing will cover Mayor Alan Arakawa’s proposed operating and capital improvement budgets for the 2018 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2018.

The mayor has proposed a $720.3 million county budget, a 9 percent increase over the budget passed by the council last year.

The proposed budget, being considered by the council, includes shutting down the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, increases in water and commercial tipping fees, a $6 per month increase in trash collection fees and a 7.5 percent property tax hike across the board. The mayor also proposed a charge of $3 per vehicle for residential trash dumping at the landfill.

The mayor’s budget contains $156.7 million in capital improvement projects, including money for a new service center, road and drainage projects and renovations to park facilities. A portion of property tax revenues will be set aside for the Affordable Housing Fund.

The proposed budgets may be viewed at the Office of the County Clerk, seventh floor of the county building, public libraries and Hana, Lanai and Molokai council district offices.

Public testimony may be submitted 24 hours prior to the meeting by email at county.clerk@mauicounty.us or faxed to 270-7171. If testimony is presented at the hearing, 16 copies are requested.

People who have disabilities requiring special assistance should call the Office of the County Clerk at 270-7748 by April 15.


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