Thursday, April 19, 2001

Maui County

Big tax cuts could
delay repairs, says
Maui mayor

Star-Bulletin staff

WAILUKU >> Maui County Mayor James Apana said he's worried a County Council proposal to reduce the property tax rate beyond what he's suggested could jeopardize timely improvements, such as new roads to reduce traffic and equipment to restore beaches.

"I personally feel we are in the best of times," Apana said. "We should go ahead and put some money into our infrastructure."

Council members are considering rolling back property taxes by 6 percent. Apana has proposed reducing the rate by about 2 percent and suggested increasing capital improvement spending from $36 million in fiscal fiscal 2001 to $60.4 million in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Apana's budget includes proposals to improve a collector road in Kihei and buy equipment to take sand from beyond the reef and replenish beaches.

While the county has had a resurgence in the building industry and tourism, council members are worried about future business activity in light of signs that may signal a downturn in the national economy.

Council members are scheduled to pass the budget on first reading May 14 and approve it May 29.

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