Maui Council Passes $603.6 Million Budget for FY 2015
By Maui Now Staff
The Maui County Council unanimously approved the $603.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015 on second and final reading on Friday.
Council member Mike White, who chairs the Budget and Finance Committee said the budget reflects a 3.1% reduction for all real property tax rates. There’s also a $10 million appropriation for countywide mainline and water infrastructure improvements, he said.
While the budget is $18.5 million less that what the mayor had proposed, White said it still includes support for the expansion of the Kula Agricultural Park, and upgrades and Lahaina Harbor. He said funding increases were declined for residential refuse collection and tipping fees, as well as water system development fees, particularly for 5/8-inch pipes.
Funding for Play and Learn Sessions Program, or PALS, meantime was expanded, and appropriations were made for a Kīhei multipurpose center, according to White’s announcement.
The budget now heads to the mayor for his signature and is expected to go into effect on July 1st.