The first full Council meeting of 2017 will include several measures that affect real property taxation, the general excise tax, and other key revenue and expenditure issues. Here are some of the bills under consideration for First Reading:
Bill 7, Relating to Real Property Taxation (introducers: Anderson-by request and Menor): This bill establishes a tiered tax rate for properties identified as Residential A. Currently, if a property is classified as Residential A (property’s net taxable value is in excess of $1 million), the property owner must pay nearly double the amounts assessed upon other residential properties. Bill 7 proposes to apply the tax rate applicable to residential properties whose owner has not filed a homeowner tax exemption to the first $999,999 of a Residential A property, while the taxable value equal to or in excess of $1 million would be assessed at the Residential A rate.
- Bill 3, Relating to the Transportation Surcharge (introducers: Manahan and Anderson): The bill removes the $1.1 million general excise tax (GET) cap on expenditure authorizations set by the Council in 2016, deletes the GET sunset date of 2022, and requires the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit to submit a capital improvement program status report showing the cash balances for each rail revenue source and cash balance for each project section from the start of the accounting period to the end of the accounting period.
- Bill 6, Relating to Mobile Electronic Devices (introducer: Elefante): This measure restricts the use of electronic devices while a pedestrian is crossing in a marked crosswalk, and allows HPD to cite inattentive pedestrians using their mobile devices while crossing a street or highway. However, exceptions are included for pedestrians calling “911” or to emergency responders.
Also under consideration during the January 25th meeting are reappointments for the following City administrative heads:
- Managing Director, Roy Amemiya (Resolution 17-2)
- Dept. of Budget & Fiscal Services Director Nelson Koyanagi (Resolution 17-3)
- Dept. of Community Services Director Gary Nakata (Resolution 17-4)
- Corporation Counsel Donna Leong (Resolution 17-5)
- Dept. of Customer Services Director Sherilyn Kajiwara (Resolution 17-6)
- Dept. of Enterprise Services Director Guy Kaulukukui (Resolution 17-8)
- Dept. of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina (Resolution 17-9)
- Dept. of Facility Maintenance Director Ross Sasamura (Resolution 17-10)
- Dept. of Human Resources Director Carolee Kubo (Resolution 17-11)
- Dept. of Information Technology Director Mark Wong (Resolution 17-12)
- Dept. of Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Nekota (Resolution 17-14)
- Royal Hawaiian Band Director Clarke Bright (Resolution 17-15)
Other Cabinet appointments and the heads of various agencies like the Neighborhood Commission of Honolulu will be taken up within the next few months. Comments or testimonies on the pending nominations can be submitted via the City Clerk’s website for the January 25th Council meeting at http:// www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html.