Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

2019 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE:
5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
Always First Thursdays

September 5
October 3
November 7
No December Meeting

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome. However, membership is encouraged and supports our not-for-profits’ modest operating expenses. (We are all volunteers so overhead is extremely low.)

WCA Membership: Dues $15/person; $25/family/year. Please join!

For more day-to-day news/events, visit our Facebook page.

Special Waimea Town Meeting Requested By Mayor Harry Kim To Dissect Possible General Excise Tax Increase

Waimea Community Association has agreed to hold a second town meeting during the month of March – from 6-8 p.m., Mon., March 12, 2018 at Anna Ranch on Kawaihae Road — at the request of Mayor Harry Kim to discuss a possible 0.5% increase in the General Excise Tax (GET).

The meeting will be facilitated by WCA for Mayor Kim and County Finance Department Staff led by Deanna Sako to share data related to the county budget and proposed tax increase.  There will be time for questions and answers.

The proposed increase was triggered by Hawai’i County budget shortfalls coupled with a bill passed by the Hawai’i State Legislature during a special session this past summer to resolve how the state would fund monumental expenses for Honolulu’s rail system.  The bill that passed – over the objection of most Hawaii County Legislators – permits a portion of the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) collected from Hawai’i County hotels to be used by the state to pay for Honolulu’s rail.  The bill also allowed each County to opt to increase the GET to make up for the loss of TAT revenue.

Increasing the GET for Hawai’i County has been hotly contested at recent County Council meetings in large part because the County recently increased both its fuel tax and property taxes.  Further, the GET is seen as highly regressive in that it more directly impacts individuals and families with low and fixed incomes.

At the March 12 meeting, County Finance staff will review the island’s overall budget including projected costs for hauling trash to the West Hawai’i landfill as well as potential funding options for the still being finalized County Mass Transit Plan that estimates costs to significantly improve the Hele On bus system, which is suffering from severely aging equipment.

The current bill authorizing the County to raise the GET by 0.5% expires the end of March but the 2018 State Legislature appears poised to extend this deadline to early summer.  A bill to do this has passed the State Senate; as amended, the bill would give more leeway in what the increased revenue could be used for in addition to transportation-related expenses.

The Waimea meeting will be the last of a series of community meetings requested by Mayor Kim around the island.

Everyone is welcome to all Waimea Town meetings and there is no charge to attend though membership in the association is urged.  Dues for 2018 are due. Annual WCA membership is $15 for individuals and $25 for families, and as a not-for-profit 501(c)3, dues are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For more info: go to www.Facebook.com/WaimeaCommunityAssociation, or call Patti Cook (937-2833) or email cookshi@aol.com.

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EDITOR’S NOTE – Monday, March 5, 2018:    

MARCH 12, 2018 SPECIAL WAIMEA TOWN MEETING RELOCATED TO ANNA RANCH!

We have had to relocate our 6-8 p.m., Mon., March 12, 2018 special Waimea Community Association Town Meeting to Anna Ranch on Kawaihae Road instead of Waimea School cafeteria. 

We sincerely appreciate the kokua of Anna Ranch in making this possible.  This is in keeping with their “living history museum” mission and vision of being a cultural, historical and environmental community resource center for educating Hawai’i island residents and visitors about Waimea’s rich heritage, while also serving as a lovely place for family weddings and special occasions. 

There’s plenty of parking at Anna Ranch both in the paved lot and on the grass just inside the main gate and we will have volunteers there to help expedite parking.  You may want to bring a flashlight. 

Mahalo!

 

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