Kaua‘i county council chair Rapozo calls for simpler tax code
LIHU‘E — In 1981, all County of Kaua‘i properties were levied the same effective tax rate regardless of who owned them or how they were used.
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Thank you Luke for your reasonable assessment of situation- Mel can tune down the drama please
This is a really good article. But I didn’t think the guy knew how to count. Once again the public’s cry for greater scrutiny on our leadership to be able to assess what is good and what is right. I really don’t care too much to think on what the guy did. I mean can he really count well? No. I happen to know this for a fact. So that said, toss out the whole story.
By all means simplify the tax code. But here’s a suggestion: Add a category for owners who hold onto their land which is zoned for housing but who don’t build anything. There’s not enough housing on Kauai, tax those who contribute to the problem at a higher rate. It’s easy to enforce and if an owner would rather pay than build then use the extra tax revenue to build affordable housing.
Taxing vacation rentals and investment properties at higher rates is great. Would it work if we had a progressive tax on such properties? An example would be taxing an owner of 1000 acres at a higher tax rate than someone owning ten acres. this would keep the ultrawealthy and shell corporations from monopolizing on lands that could support and house many more lower income residents. Agricultural amendments could be built into the law to support local agriculture. Like they say in the music industry, let’s keep country country.
If you have to keep adding tax relief measures in order to sustain resident home ownership,
the system isn’t working. And those homeowners are threatened long term because
the system is dependent on continuous outside adjustment to maintain a tax rate they can afford to pay.
Why would homeowners want to be subject to which way the political wind is blowing each year?
I think Wal-Marts store in Lihue is always hiring. By increasing the family property tax rate, this means the business of Wal-Mart is paying lesser income tax proportionally than the individual or family. Purchasing power of the dollar belongs more to the rich people who’s doing the hiring. Really a junk politics you have. But make it known, that the county government on Kaua’i is not making any head ways with increasing any property taxes on Kaua’i. The owners will just throw their property taxes out, and move elsewhere. They do not own Kaua’i. If they do, money talks. Those with money are the ones running the government. That’s why they have federal funds to help out. Local taxes don’t cut it. So federal aide is needed to cover the deficit. Easy to follow.