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Apr 25

Comments on proposed budget submitted to committee

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM by Office of Council Services


 

At the Budget and Finance Committee today, Council members submitted their proposed version of the fiscal year 2015 budget to Committee Chair Mike White for review.

Couch and White

I have put a lot of thought and consideration into my proposal.  

Property valuations have increased, resulting in over $20 million dollars revenue at current tax rates.  The Mayor’s proposal increases current tax rates by 6.5 percent and adds another $15 million to his budget.

In addition to eliminating the mayor’s 6.5 percent increase, I have also chosen to reduce the taxpayer’s rate and make cuts to the general fund by over $18 million.  I have also reduced Capital Improvement Projects by $9 million.

I feel that it is my obligation to the taxpayers of Maui County to be fiscally responsible.

I would like to thank the committee and staff for their guidance and hard work.

I appreciate your consideration.

White said he will review proposals over the weekend and present a version to the committee Monday, April 28 at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber.

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