Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

HONOLULU — The mayor of Hawaii’s capital city has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the budget put forward by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell earlier this year includes tax hikes designed in part to cover the city’s rail operations and maintenance.

The Democratic mayor says the increases in property taxes on hotels and the most expensive Oahu homes, as well as a new rubbish pickup fee, will take effect in the budget year beginning July 1 if approved by the Honolulu City Council.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation estimates costs of $127 million to $144 million per year once the entire 20-mile (32-kilometer) train line opens.

The authority plans a partial opening in December 2020.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

  1. harryoyama May 13, 2019 10:21 pm Reply

    Instead of having property owners pay for this useless Rail, how about having mayor Kirk Chadwell donate some of the $200,000 he gets as a bank executive that loans money to Rail contractors while making a 6 figure county salary?

  2. John May 14, 2019 4:48 am Reply

    Total lunacy. Keep voting Democratic and we will get more of the same.

  3. Jesse May 14, 2019 11:31 am Reply

    Hahahah jokes on the citizens of Honolulu again, why vote for these morons and their pet projects… you will always get the stuck with the bill.

  4. Ferdinandmarcos May 17, 2019 7:44 am Reply

    Definitely should charge the rich, they can afford it

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