Council: As economy stabilizes, best service level needed

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday sent its official message for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, highlighting the process to reach an operational budget of $166 million and $64 million in capital improvement projects.

“In reviewing the Administration’s FY 12-13 budget, the Council worked to achieve a balance among maintaining existing services; funding additional positions and services deferred in previous years; and fiscal responsibility,” the council’s budget message states.

The council’s complete message, available online, picks every departmental review.

“From the onset of the FY 12-13 budget deliberations, the council sought to be prudent and fiscally responsible in its review of budgetary requests, while being cognizant of the county’s growing need to restore core services and positions,” the message states in its conclusion.

This year’s budget was the most “transparent and aggressive” budget to date, according to the message. The sessions included almost four weeks of hearings, call-back meetings, public hearings and four days of preliminary decision-making sessions.

“As the economy is beginning to stabilize, the county must now move toward providing the best level of service to the people of Kaua‘i,” the message states.

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