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Apr 07

Public input sought Tuesday on county rates and fees

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM by Office of Council Services


 
 
For Immediate Release: 
April 7, 2014

Press release by:
Council Chair Gladys C. Baisa
Maui County Council

Public input sought Tuesday on county rates and fees

WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Budget and Finance Committee will consider the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 county rates and fees at its meeting tomorrow, April 8, at 10 a.m., Council Chair Gladys Baisa announced today.

A document noting the changes in rates and fees is available for review online at www.mauicounty.gov/2015budget, she said. A survey is also included on the website.

The mayor’s projected revenues from county funds total $622 million, a $63 million increase from the adopted Fiscal Year 2014 budget, Baisa said. This is attributed to proposed increases in real property tax revenues, water service rates, landfill tipping fees and residential trash collection fees. 

Real Property Taxes

Residential real property tax rates are proposed to rise to 6.12 percent. The existing rate is 5.57 percent. 

Time share owner’s tax rates would go up, from 15.55 to 16.56 percent, under the mayor’s proposal. 

Monthly refuse collection fees would rise 11 percent under the proposed budget. The fees would be $20 on Maui and Molokai and $10 on Lanai. 

The solid waste tipping fee at the Kahului landfill is proposed to be $71 per ton, up from the existing $65.6 fee.

Water service rates and monthly service charges by meter size will also be reviewed, as the administration has proposed increases for general and agricultural consumers. For example, the water service rate for residents who consume less than 5,000 gallons would increase from $1.80 to $1.90 per 1,000 gallons.

Water customers with a 5/8-inch pipe would see a 17 percent increase in monthly service charges, to $17.50.

The water system development fee for those anticipating new water meters would go up by $2000 for all meter sizes. The fee for the smallest available pipe (5/8-inch) would be $14,060.

“It is important for the public to testify and educate the committee about how these proposed changes will affect their lives,” Baisa said.

Testimony is received in the Council Chamber at 200 S. High Street in Wailuku or at district offices in Hana, Lanai and Molokai. The public may also email the committee, chaired by Councilmember Mike White, atbf.committee@mauicounty.us.

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Contact:
Kit Zulueta, Communication Director
Office of Council Services
808.270.7665
Kit.Zulueta@mauicounty.us
Twitter handle: @mauicounty 
Facebook.com/MauiCountyCouncil


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George Paresa
April 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Here's a novel idea. How bout getting after the illegal buildings in Kahului (Dream City). I believe that Kahului,s residential area is zoned single family residence with one (1) ohana, but driving around Kahului hou have apartment houses with many front doors and illegal auto parking on the streets. You even have contractors who build multiplex homes so that their off-island employees have a temporary housing in a single-family zoned residential area. The idea of a multifamily house as some cultures insist should consist of one kitchen by which different family units share the use of the one kitchen. Over and above this, there is a zoning code violation. When planning department employees say that once the final inspection is done, they don,t go back to re-inspect the residence for compliance. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem. Imaging if the county created an inspection force to specifically inspect all buildings within the county for compliance. We wouldn't have to worry about unpermitted, illegal short term rentals, illegal residences per zoning codes, and the coup do gras: the need to raise the real estate tax rates. Just think of all the uncollected taxes the county could receive from these illegal buildings many of which I suspect that the owners are not paying their GET, not reporting their rental income, and possibly using the "circuit breaker" for their real estate taxes. This same inspection squad would keep in check the gentlemen farmers who 'pseudo farm' their property. The inspection squad would pay for it self a thousand fold with the vastly increasing revenue. I believe this is a fair and justifiable method of ensuring honesty among our citizens. What stupefies me is when you read a news article in the Maui News, reporting a crime, describing those involved living in an apartment in Kahului. This apartment happens to be a big house you pass every day in your travels.

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