For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014
Press Release by: Councilmember Mike White, Chair Budget and Finance Committee
Schedule announced for council budget meetings
WAILUKU, Hawaii-- The Budget and Finance Committee will hold evening meetings throughout Maui County next month to receive community input on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, Committee Chair Mike White announced today.
"It is in your best interest to speak out and inform your elected officials how tax dollars should be spent. I encourage everyone to participate because after all, it is your money," White said.
The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., except for the Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu-Kahului district meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
District meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Social Hall, 91 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, Maui – Upcountry District (Pukalani-Kula-Ulupalakua)
• Friday, April 4, 2014, Lanai Senior Center, 309 7th Street, Lanai City, Lanai – Lanai District
• Monday, April 7, 2014, Lahaina Civic Center, Social Hall, 1840 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui – West Maui District
• Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Paia Community Center, Social Hall, 252 Hana Highway, Paia, Maui – Makawao-Haiku-Paia District
• Friday, April 11, 2014, Kalanianaole Hall, Mauna Loa Highway, Kalamaula, Molokai – Molokai District
• Monday, April 14, 2014, Kihei Community Center, Main Hall, 303 East Lipoa Street, Kihei, Maui – South Maui District
• Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., Lihikai Elementary School, Dining Room, 335 South Papa Avenue, Kahului, Maui – Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu and Kahului Districts
• Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Helene Social Hall, 174 Keawa Place (Hana Bay), Hana, Maui – East Maui District (Hana-Keanae-Kailua)
White said the agenda for the meetings will be officially published on the county website on March 25, the same day the council receives the mayor’s budget proposal. The committee will also conduct budget meetings in the Council Chamber in Wailuku on most days beginning March 31 through May 2, White said.
White explained the budget ordinance is the county's financial plan for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. It determines how much money each department receives to carry out county services such as fire and police protection, public transportation, water supply and garbage collection, and how much is collected from the public through taxes and fees.
The budget also sets forth the amount of grant money offered to community organizations and establishes funding levels for capital improvement projects, such as road paving, park improvements and water system upgrades. For more information on meeting dates, visit mauicounty.gov/2015Budget.
Contact:Kit Zulueta, Communication DirectorOffice of Council Services808.270.7665Kit.Zulueta@mauicounty.usTwitter handle: @mauicountyFacebook.com/MauiCountyCouncil