Work on the 2018 Fiscal Year budgets concludes with some proposed tax and fee increases approved and others rejected.
A bill approved Wednesday allows issuing up to $350 million in bonds to prevent the project from running out of money.
He calls it “working class housing.” Opponents decry more traffic congestion and the loss of agricultural space.
UPDATED: The panel also eliminated a proposed increase in fares for TheHandi-Van, but preserved a bus fare boost.
Environmentalists who once supported a Honolulu City Council bag bill, now say that the amended version doesn’t go far enough.
For now Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s budget proposals are mostly meeting with approval — but rail funding is a big uncertainty.
Budget Committee looks for spending cuts as Mayor Caldwell broaches possibility of raising property taxes for rail construction.
It’s not anywhere as much as the city wanted, but the Finance Committee chair said it should be enough to finish construction.