Da Shadow: Taxes

Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from The Shadow radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now known as Da Shadow, has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

Islandwide

How much in property taxes did the county collect from 2012 to 2015?

Real property tax data is reported by fiscal year. The county collected roughly $80.7 million in FY2012, $82.1 million in FY2013, $93.8 million in FY2014, and $106.5 million in FY2015. Note that the property taxes collected in any given year also include delinquencies, penalties and interest from prior periods. This information is available to the public on the county website’s Financial Transparency Portal, www.kauai.gov/OpenGov.

How much in vehicle weight taxes did the county collect from 2012 to 2015?

Motor vehicle weight tax is reported by fiscal year. The county collected roughly $4.02 million in FY2012, $4.09 million in FY2013, $4.21 million in FY2014, and $5.5 million in FY2015. This includes tax collected from the both the passenger and freight class of vehicles.

How much in gasoline taxes did the county collect from 2012 to 2015?

Fuel tax is reported by fiscal year. The count collected roughly $3.95 million in FY2012, $3.9 million in FY2013, $4.5 million in FY2014, and $5.16 million in FY2015.

Kapaa

A lot of motorists turn onto Awaa Place from Kawaihau Road in Kapaa thinking that there is an outlet, but there isn’t. How do we get a “No Exit” or “Dead End” sign to reduce misguided traffic?

The Public Works Engineering Division is in receipt of this request. A “No Outlet” sign on Awaa Road can be ordered and installed. Given the current schedule of this work, it is estimated that the sign can be installed within two months.

The northern end of Kaehulua Road, off Kawaihau Road, has overgrown grass and is creating hazardous driving conditions. Are there any plans to trim the overgrowth?

The Public Works Roads Division has requested that the Baseyard crew to respond to the report. If the overgrown grass is within the county’s right-of-way, it will be scheduled for maintenance.

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Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751 @gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit www.theshadow96746.tripod.com.

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