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Arakawa tells state lawmakers to honor commitment

January 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Maui News - Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa asked state lawmakers to honor a promise made last year to balance the budget without using transient accommodation taxes (TAT). He did so alongside the state's four other mayors in House and Senate money committees as part of a unified strategy to keep the state from draining TAT funds.

This follows an agreed-to plan by lawmakers that would cap each county's share of the TAT revenue at no more than $93 million, which is slightly more than 2010's revenue cap. Maui's share of that cap is currently $21 million.

"They seemed very much inclined to honoring that agreement," said Arakawa.

Arakawa added that he approved of Maui County legislators' efforts to secure funding for state projects. This includes money for current public schools and the construction of the proposed Kihei High School, repairs to Kahului Airport's main runway and access road, harbor improvements and the Lahaina Bypass.



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