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Hearing on home exemptions is Feb. 8

LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i Department of Finance will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 8, on the proposed amendments to the rules and regulations relating to home and related exemptions.

The hearing will take place at 5 p.m. via the Microsoft Teams audio and video teleconferencing platform.

The department proposes to amend its existing rules and regulations to reflect newly-adopted law which requires those applying for a home exemption to adhere to the following:

• Occupy the applicable property as their primary residence for more than 270 days of the tax year;

• Submit an N-11 Hawai‘i State Residential tax return as a resident of the state with a reported address in the county the year prior to the effective date of the exemption;

• Provide a copy of their Hawai‘i state driver’s license, Hawai‘i state identification or valid resident alien card (green card).

These are new requirements to obtain the homeowner’s exemption for property-tax purposes.

The proposed rules and a full copy of the hearing notice are available at the Department of Finance Real Property Assessment Division in the Lihu‘e Civic Center Mo‘ikeha Building, 4444 Rice St., Suite A-454, during normal business hours.

The documents are also available on the department website, kauai.gov/realproperty. Copies of the proposed amendments may also be mailed to any interested person who calls the department at 241-4224.

All interested persons who wish to present testimony may do so via the Microsoft Teams audio conferencing platform by calling 1-469-848-0234, conference ID 692 876 534#.

To participate via video teleconference, Microsoft Teams software is necessary. Anyone interested in providing oral testimony by video teleconference must register with the Real Property Assessment Division at least two hours prior to the hearing by sending an email to rpassessment@kauai.gov or by calling 241-4224, and provide your name, phone number and email address. A link to the video teleconference will be emailed following registration.

Advance registration is not required for those wishing to participate by audio conference only.

Testimony may be submitted any time up to and including the date of the public hearing, or at the public hearing itself. Written testimony may be submitted to the Real Property Assessment division by email to rpassessment@kauai.gov, by facsimile to 241-6252, or by mail to the Real Property Assessment Division, 4444 Rice St., Suite A-454, Lihu‘e, HI 96766.

Anyone needing an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability should contact the department at 241-4224 or rpassessment@kauai.gov as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time for fulfillment. Also upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille or electronic copy.

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