Letter for Friday, June 15, 2018

Tax increase a loser for all

I was disappointed to read that the Hawaii legislature has adopted a “bite the hand that feed you” mentality in voting to raise the transient accommodations tax (TAT).

Perhaps they are unaware that tourism is the largest single contributor to the state’s gross domestic product, representing about 21 percent of its entire economy. Or perhaps they were just incapable of finding ways other than what seemed to be the easiest to raise revenue.

My wife and I own two timeshares on Kauai and spend about eight weeks there each year. An increase in the TAT will not stop us from coming but could very likely result in us spending less money on other things while on the island. Definitely looks like a zero sum gain, lose-lose situation to me.

Marc N. Burton, Minneapolis, MN

  1. Wally Roberts June 15, 2018 3:08 am Reply


    Advise folks from your part of the country to check out the nicer places in the Caribbean.

  2. manongindashadow June 15, 2018 7:49 am Reply

    Mr. Burton. Give up one of your timeshare and you’ll have plenty money to spend. You’ll also, still be able to enjoy all that you like and travels on Kauai.
    Remember, “when the rooster crows, you know your on Kauai!”

  3. Prentiss June 15, 2018 2:28 pm Reply

    Mr. Burton: A good guest does not tell the host how to run his household. If the tax is too much of a burden for you I’m sure someone will be more than happy to take those timeshares off your hands.

  4. Joe Public June 18, 2018 2:39 pm Reply

    lmao..too true

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