Thursday, June 10, 2010

County budgets moving forward, tech tax break resurrected, massive Maui fire getting under control, Kauai planners looking at barn, more top Hawaii news

The city's $1.82 billion operating budget - balanced in part on a tax increase for landlords and others who own property they do not live in - heads to Mayor Mufi Hannemann for consideration as one of his final acts before resigning to run for governor.

Homeowners in Honolulu now fall under two categories: occupants or non-occupants. If you're the latter expect to pay an additional 16-cents for every $1,000 of value on your property.

West Hawaii will soon be paying a greater share of the cost of county government, thanks to County Council votes taken as the clock ticked toward 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Mayor Billy Kenoi will sign the $376 million Hawaii County budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's budget passed through the County Council early Tuesday morning with no major amendments, but Kenoi didn't back off from defending the virtues of his plan Tuesday evening.

Get ready for more Furlough Fridays, Hawaii County style.

The Honolulu City Council has appointed the replacement for Charles Djou.

No sooner had Lee Donohue taken his seat on the City Council than he was being asked to decide on a property tax rate increase for a new class of property owners.

Every winter, Honolulu Weekly anticipates the coming legislative session with the fervor of football fans. We discuss line-ups, make predictions and revisit the play-by-play of the previous session’s wildest victories and ugliest defeats

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona vetoed a bill yesterday that would have prevented investors from claiming high-technology tax credits for three years to help with the state's budget deficit.

Nuns Evicted From Public Housing

State wildlife officers shot and killed four bulls Wednesday inside a Big Island forest reserve.

Hundreds of Hawaii hotel workers, members of Local 5, held a loud rally in the heart of Waikiki Wednesday.

Hundreds turned out for a day-long vigil and rally in Hilo Wednesday in remembrance of Catherine Dingle, a Mountain View woman who died after she was stabbed along Hilo's bayfront on May 29th.

The latest tax collections have a bit of good news for the state's budget.

It's difficult to resist the temptation to request a table for two when entering Neil Abercrombie's campaign headquarters at Ward Warehouse — and maybe order the Wagon Wheel Sampler Platter as an appetizer.

A wildfire that has burned an estimated 5,800 acres was reported 75 percent contained, according to a Maui County news release.

Every now and then the Kaua‘i Planning Commission is faced with a decision to approve a mansion on agricultural land

Driving 25 mph or less through roadway construction zones — especially during the weekend or evening when no workers are present — might be frustrating, but it is the law, according to county and state officials.