Yukimura proposes tax hike for road repair

LIHUE — A bill that would raise the vehicle weight tax to fund road repairs will be considered by the Kauai County Council Wednesday.

Bill No. 2613 was introduced by Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura.

“Faced with an estimated $100 million to perform necessary road work, funding is being sought from the users of the roads,” the bill reads.

The proposed bill will increase the weight tax by 1 cent for non-commercial vehicles, to 3 cents. For commercial vehicles, the bill proposes the weight tax be increased by 2 cents, to 5 cents.

“As proposed, (the bill) is projected to generate approximately $100 million, which is necessary to address road repair,” said a memo from Yukimura.

Councilmembers will also consider a resolution for a crosswalk on Poipu Road, at Kipuka Street. Introduced by Councilmember Ross Kagawa, it was deferred at the May 20 meeting.

According to the resolution, No. 2016-40, the county engineer recommended installing a crosswalk with signs on Poipu Road, on the east side of the intersection of Kipuka Street, for the safety of children walking to and from Koloa Elementary School.

The bill is set for first reading Wednesday.

Other agenda items include an ordinance amending the county code relating to fuel tax and an ordinance approving a collective bargaining agreement.

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