Public hearing on property-tax exemptions slated for today

LIHU‘E — The County of Kaua‘i Department of Finance will hold a public hearing today on proposed amendments to rules and regulations relating to real-property-tax home and related exemptions.

The hearing takes 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, 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, Lihu‘e, during normal business hours.

It is also available on the department’s website, Copies of the proposed amendments may also be mailed to any interested person who calls the department at 241-4224.

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

It is the responsibility of the testifier to ensure the Microsoft Teams software is downloaded prior to the hearing. 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 or by calling 241-4224, and providing your name, phone number and email address. A link to the video teleconference will be emailed following registration.

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

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

  1. Everythingisawesome February 9, 2021 7:09 pm Reply

    Why don’t you just go ask Laird and Mark for more money instead of hiding behind the term “property tax” to take it from them? That’s who this is targeting, right?
    In the minds of the council, the wealthy don’t pay enough? And they can “afford” more tax? The “island” gives the wealthy here so much, it has a “right” to take more, right? The council will finally solve the “housing crisis” with the extra money, right?

  2. WestKauai February 9, 2021 10:53 pm Reply

    So…Someone who moves here from Oahu and buys a new home here cannot get the homeowner’s exemption without a State tax form N-11 filed in this county. They have to wait a year or more to do so, according to this report…

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