Fee needed to fund public transit
We do live on an island and bringing too many cars, plastic bottles or Styrofoam coolers just makes no sense as the more stuff we bring over, the more crowding of roads and landfills. We only have a finite amount of space.
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Michaelle offers some good suggestions. Would an engineer like to comment on the cost of such a massive construction project?
You wouldn’t get much change out of a $1B dollar bill.
In any event, it’s only a pipe dream. Getting Right of Way and environmental approvals would be nigh impossible.
I’d like to see significantly more bike/scooter/walking path – far cheaper than new roads/bridges.
A tourist tax isn’t a bad idea – people spend thousands to get here and if $50 is “too much”, then they can stay home and Kauai has all the visitors it can handle already.
“… on Kauai where pickup trucks and second vehicles are deemed a “necessity” and “a right.”
Just as much as the right you have to move here from the mainland and bring a car and take up badly needed housing. Do these hypocrites never look in a mirror?
MisterM, there is already a tourist tax. It is called the Transient Accommodations Tax. It was implemented in order to fund infrastructure improvements, etc., to deal with the impact of tourism on the islands. Unfortunately, the State Legislature has earmarked most of these funds for Oahu County without regard to the needs of the neighbor islands…
I know about the TAT tax how the majority of the funds go to Oahu and also the HTA ( hawaii tourism authority) They get about 80 million and Kauai 20 million. So they promote more people to come here and we do not have the infrastructure to support it. This is why I have suggested an airport tax just for people visiting Kauai. Why not collect the fees for the buses from the tourists?