Da Shadow: County budget, elections

w 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 better known as Da Shadow, since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

Budget sessions

How can someone from the public follow the upcoming budget sessions?

The upcoming fiscal year 2018-19 budget session began with the mayor’s submittal of his proposed Operating and Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) budgets and proposed real property tax rates on March 15.

The Kauai County Council embarked on their review of the mayor’s proposals starting on March 21.

From March 22 through April 12, at 9 a.m., the council will begin departmental budget reviews of all departments and agencies. Budget call-backs (if necessary) are scheduled from April 13-20. Budget decision-making will occur on May 10-12 (if necessary). Public testimony is taken at 9 a.m. during the departmental budget reviews, call-backs (if necessary), and decision-making sessions.

The public can also testify in-person at the Budget Public Hearing which will be scheduled for May 9 at 5 p.m. at the Council Chambers in the Historic County Building.

Testimony may also be submitted during the process to counciltestimony@kauai.gov, mailed or dropped off to the Office of the County Clerk, Council Services Division (4396 Rice St., Suite 209, Lihue, HI 96766), or faxed to 241-6349.

All budget sessions are streamed live at www.kauai.gov/webcastmeetings and available shortly after the completion of the meeting on Hoike.

For information related to the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget session,visit: www.kauai.gov/council/budget or call the Office of the County Clerk, Council Services Division at 241-4188.

Candidate filing, voter dates

What are some of the important upcoming dates related to the 2018 elections?

Feb 1 — Nomination papers available at Elections Division

June 5 — Last day to file nomination papers

July 12 — Last day to register to vote for the Primary Election

July 30 to Aug. 9 — Early walk-in voting for Primary Election. Location TBA

Aug. 4 — Last day to submit absentee mail application for the Primary Election

Aug. 11 —Primary Election

Oct. 8 — Last day to register to vote for the General Election

Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 — Early walk-in voting for General Election. Location TBA

Oct. 30 — Last day to submit absentee mail application for the General Election

Nov. 6 — General Election

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Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.

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