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New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.
At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.
Dick Grimm, who worked at three local stations, would be the mayor’s sixth appointment to the seven-member board.
A 2016 study found the city had the 11th-worst roads among large urban areas, and residents pay more than the national average for related car repairs.
The president, the mayor and the governor have divergent stories, but they’ve ended up in the same political place: the dumps.
Honolulu’s mayor also serves as a board director for the parent company of the Honolulu-based bank.
The Honolulu mayor has a dismal approval rating, and the city’s $10 billion rail project is probably to blame.
Mayor Caldwell: Someday the controversy over funding the project will be forgotten and people will “just be grateful it was done.”
That would put Mayor Kirk Caldwell at $173,000 and the new police chief would receive $191,000.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell should be working to pull people together to solve the rail issue. Instead, he’s pointing fingers — and not at himself.
Caldwell proposes increases in Oahu’s fuel tax, vehicle weight tax and parking fees to show the city has “skin in the game.”