The Maui News - Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa said last week that the difference between his $574 million budget proposal and County Council Budget Committee Chairman Mike White's $551 million basically status-quo plan is a long-term versus a short-term view of the needs of Maui County. Arakawa said his administration must deal with years of lack of maintenance and updates to county infrastructure. Some county buildings, water pipes and roads are at the point where the county cannot "finagle our way through anymore," the mayor said. To do this, taxes will have to be raised. Arakawa's proposal calls for property tax increases ranging from 4.8 percent for the apartment classification to 13 percent for those in the improved residential classification. His plan keeps current rates in the homeowner category. He said his administration decided against higher taxes in the homeowner class because the last budget raised homeowner property tax bills as much as 38 percent.