On June 7th, the City Council held its third/final reading of the City’s FY 2018 operating and capital improvement budgets (Bill 25, CD2, FD1 and Bill 26, CD2, FD1). The Council allocated approximately $3.5 billion to fund solutions to numerous community priorities and concerns, such as road repaving, homeless solutions, and sewer improvements. Some budget items that may benefit Aiea residents include:
- $2 million – Recreation District No. 2 Improvements (plans, design, construction, inspection and related equipment for park improvements);
- $70,000 – Guardrail Improvements at Various Locations (construction of guardrail improvements on Aiea Heights Drive)
- $19.5 million – Sewer Mainline and Lateral Projects (plans, design, construction, and inspection of mainline and lateral improvements at locations, including sewer rehabilitation for Harbor View and the Aiea Kai Place sewer)
- $16.6 million – Wastewater Treatment Plant, Pump Station, and Force Main Projects (Rehabilitation items for force mains in the 2010 Consent Decree, including the Halawa Force Main)
- $1.125 million – Aiea District Park (Design and construct park improvements, including installation of a roof over the existing batting cage adjacent to the baseball field).
The City administration’s revenue measures like Resolution 17-70, CD1 (establishing real property tax rates for FY 18) were also adopted on final reading. The following revenue measures passed final reading and are awaiting the Mayor’s signature:
- Bill 10, CD1 – Motor Vehicle Weight Tax (increases of $.01 per pound in 2018 and 2019)
- Bill 28, CD1 – Public Transit (enables the City to amend the fare structure of TheBus, increasing by roughly $10 per month for adult passengers)
During the past few months, my staff and I have received several conflicting perspectives on the need for and use of a batting cage at the new baseball field
in Aiea District Park (as reflected in the FY 18 CIP budget, Bill 26, CD2, FD1). One of the important justifications for securing a batting cage replacement is that Aiea High School lacks its own baseball field, and Aiea High’s baseball team boosters contributed their time/resources to prep the field so that it could be used for baseball play, starting in March 2017. Although Department of Parks and Recreation staff have opposed giving preference to individual baseball field users, I believe that the benefits of a joint use arrangement between Aiea High School and the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation warrant re-evaluation and consideration.
Please contact Roelle Torres at 768-5071 if you have additional questions regarding the budget items listed above.