Council defers property tax reform

The Kaua‘i County Council’s Committee of the Whole yesterday unanimously deferred a bill to reform the real property tax system.

The seven-member body will resume its deliberation on the proposed legislation Sept. 3 at the Historic County Building.

The previous Aug. 27 deadline for the council to pass the bill for the administration to have enough time to implement the changes to affect the 2009 tax roll was extended until at least Sept. 10, county officials said.

Bill 2274 would transform the current real property tax system based on zoning to a system based on use, shifting some of the burden on residents to resorts in an effort to be more equitable.

It would also repeal the tax caps currently in place while drastically increasing exemptions for owner-occupied homes.

Council members said technical and substantive amendments to the 147-page bill are expected to be introduced at the committee’s next meeting.

For agendas and to view the bill in its entirety, visit www.kauai.gov

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