Reaction and Public Input on Mayor’s FY 2011 Budget Begins March 22
By Wendy Osher
The Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will begin review of the Mayor’s FY 2011 Budget next week after officially receiving the document from the Mayor today (Monday, March 15, 2010).
“The news was certainly sobering in terms of the amount of revenue, or lack thereof that the county will be getting for this Fiscal Year 2011,” said Council Vice-Chair Michael Molina.
“I can support many of the Mayor’s proposals, however there are some issues that will generate some discussion with the proposal to raise property taxes and the furlough issue. I anticipate those two items will generate a lot of discussion,” said Molina.
Testimony with regards to the budget starts Monday, March 22, 2010. Typically the meetings run from 9 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m., depending on if the council has public hearings in the evening throughout the various community plan regions.
For the week of March 22-26, 2010, the following meetings will take place:
- The first evening meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Kihei Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- That will be followed by a meeting the following night, on Wednesday March 24, 2010 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center at 6:30.
- The meeting for Hana will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Helene Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Additional meetings are planned in communities throughout Maui. A complete calendar is available at www.mauicounty.gov/council. Public comments are welcome from March 22 to the second and final reading of the budget in May.
Molina called the mayor’s approach to furloughs “conservative” saying, “If we’re going to be raising real property taxes, yet furloughing our employees for only one day, versus two days like other counties, I anticipate there will be some discussion on that.”
Click the following list for a complete budget calendar for public testimony: