LIHUE — A proposal to lower the county fuel tax and motor vehicle weight tax rates is on the agenda for Wednesday’s County Council meeting, set for 8:30 a.m. at the Historic County Building.
The tax decrease, proposed by Councilman Derek Kawakami, is in response to the recent half percent increase of the General Excise Tax approved by the council effective January 2019.
“We have just increased our GET for transportation and road construction,” Kawakami said. “This decrease is aimed to provide some relief to our local residents who rely on their vehicles to get to and from work.”
The current vehicle weight tax is 2 cents per pound. The proposed change would drop the tax to 1 cent per pound beginning in January 2019.
The county fuel tax is 17 cents a gallon. The proposal would reduce the tax to 13 cents while the GET hike is in effect, then back to 17 cents when the tax increase expires.