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Mayor begins county budget hearings for fiscal year 2020-21

The Maui News

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino and his administration are presenting a series of community meetings this month and next month — beginning Monday — to receive public comments and suggestions on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-21.

The fiscal year is July 1 to June 30, 2020.

Community members, either as individuals or on behalf of organizations, are encouraged to attend. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted.

Tables will be set up to allow directors and staff from each county department to meet, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about county-related issues.

The meeting will start with an overview of the current budget, followed by about an hour for attendees to submit comments. At the close, the mayor and budget director will offer a recap of issues raised.

Community Development Block Grant office staff also will be on hand to offer information and gather public input on the use of the county’s funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Schedule and location are as follows:

• Upcountry. 5:30 p.m. Monday, Mayor Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center’s social hall.

• West Maui. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lahaina Civic Center’s social hall.

• Central Maui. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Velma McWayne Santos Community Center (Wailuku).

• Paia/Haiku. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Paia Community Center.

• South Maui. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Kihei Community Center.

• Molokai. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Mitchell Pauole Complex (Kaunakakai).

• Lanai. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Hale Kupuna O Lana’i (Hale Mahaolu).

• East Maui. 5 p.m. Oct. 28, Helene Hall (Hana).

For more information on the community meetings, contact the county Budget Office by phone at 270-7855 or by email at www.mauicounty.gov/Budget.

“I value the opportunity for our community members to have a say on the taxes and fees that are implemented by the county, and how their taxpayer dollars are spent,” said Victorino, who became mayor in January. “This is my first opportunity to hear from the community as we craft the fiscal year 2021 budget.

“Suggestions from the public help us prioritize what is best for our community, and understand how to better serve our residents.”