Meet the candidates: Ed Justus
HANAPEPE — Business at the Talk Story Bookstore dropped at least 70% since the start of lockdown, said Ed Justus, 37, of Kalaheo, bookstore owner and Kaua‘i County County candidate.
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Mainly, what I envision creatig is tax offsets, lower in the areas we want to encourage and higher in the areas we want to discourage.
An important part of this is to lower property taxes for our residents and creating a higher property tax rate for non-residents, so that excess revenue can be directed towards affordable housing opportunities.
Changing the County’s current co-ownership from 10 years to permanent with affordable housing resident buy-in opportunties will ensure that our affordable housing developments will nit disappear into the housing market and into house flipping schemes. Residents would sell the home back to the County and the County would be able to offer that same step up the property ladder to the next family here–making sure this will always be an available opportunity for Kauai’s residents.
Lowering the property tax rate for Active Agriculture, meaning farmers who are growing useable or edible crops, and having a special tax incentive to help Vacant Ag transition into Active Ag will help support thr agricultural revival we need to balance, diversify, and make a more self-reliant internal economy. Vacant Ag that chooses to remain Vacant Ag would not be in the new lower tax rate.
Recognizing Active Agriculture as critical infrastructure means providing our farmers with financial support as a means of public safety to ensure we always have enough food to feed ourselves.
I think having a Home Rule Charter gives us more flexibility to set up County systems to ensure we are providing for the safety and well-being of our community.
Ultimately, i want to help Kauai be less dependent on the tourist economy and less reliant on the mainland imported necessary supplies, while making it more cost-effective for our families.
We appreciate anyone in the small town environment who is well-liked in the local business community.
Ed Justus definitely has my vote. Common sense suggestions and a determination to see them implemented. I would like to see him displace our glad handing, baby kissing, ukelele playing, misappropriating former mayor who is also running for County Council. Ed would make a real contribution to the Council and would work hard to improve our County.