Council passes budgets

LIHUE — The county’s operating budget and capital improvement projects budget were approved by the Kauai County Council during a committee meeting Tuesday, and a bill offering a real property tax exemption to home owners who install automatic fire suppression systems was moved to the full council.

Council Chair Mel Rapozo and Councilmember Mason Chock were not present at the meeting at the Historic County Building council chambers.

The operating budget for the next fiscal year is $218,682,283, while the CIP budget is $40,650,583.

The real property tax exemption bill will be considered by the full council next week.

The bill states that residential buildings or accessory buildings to a residence certified as containing an automatic fire suppression system will receive an exemption of $40,000 per residence.

The bills were approved with amendments from the Finance Committee’s preliminary decision-making on the budget May 10.

The final vote on the budget is scheduled for May 30, at which time the council will also release its budget message for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.


Bethany Freudenthal, courts, crime and county reporter, can be reached at 652-7891 or


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