Victory for six amendments, defeat for one
The Maui News
The final round of general election results released early Wednesday morning solidified victory for six charter amendments and defeat for one, after vigorous campaigns on both sides to vote “yes” or “no” on all seven. The results are as follows:
• Affordable housing fund, which proposed increasing the minimum amount of real property tax revenues that go into the affordable housing fund from 2 to 3 percent and extending the mandate beyond 2021. Yes: 37,570 votes, 52.5 percent; No: 29,076 votes, 40.6 percent.
• Term limits for council members, which proposed limiting them to no more than five, two-year terms. Yes: 48,955 votes, 68.4 percent; No: 18,253 votes, 25.5 percent.
• Term limits for the mayor, which proposed a limit of no more than two, four-year terms. Yes: 47,267 votes, 66 percent; No: 19,970 votes, 27.9 percent.
• Standards for charter interpretation, which clarified the way the charter is interpreted and called for judicial action if the administration and council disagree on its interpretation. Yes: 39,577 votes, 55.3 percent; No: 23,479 votes, 32.8 percent.
• Charter Commission, which would allow the council to nominate nine members and the mayor to nominate two of the 11-person body. Yes: 34,861 votes, 48.7 percent; No: 28,742 votes, 40.1 percent.
• Department of Agriculture, which proposed creating a county department to handle agricultural and food security-related issues. Yes: 43,646 votes, 60.9 percent; No: 23,507 votes, 32.8 percent.
• Office of the Managing Director, which called for hiring a professional manager to run day-to-day county operations. No: 37,642 votes, 52.6 percent; Yes: 27,626 votes, 38.6 percent.