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Council Hearing Tackles Budget Bills

On Wednesday, June 7, the Honolulu City Council agenda will include budget bills for the 2017/2018 fiscal year including the executive, legislative and capital improvement budgets. Critical to passing the budget is the approval of the 2017/2018 property tax rates to pay for increased services and other expenses.

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Housing First Program Demonstrates Success

The City and County of Honolulu’s Housing First initiative launched in 2015 has demonstrated sustained positive outcomes through its second year, according to a new evaluation prepared by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Social Sciences. The study of the city’s Housing First contract with the Institute for Human Services show an overall housing retention rate of 89 percent. Formerly homeless individuals showed increased general health and significant decreases in alcohol and drug use, arrests, and medical expenses after entering the Housing First program.

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City Council Begins Budget Briefings

Budgeting is a key public policy-making process. Because the city’s financial resources are limited, the budget becomes a means for public policymakers to choose between competing requests. In answering the question “Who gets what?” the council establishes the goals of city government and, consequently, prescribes the values and priorities of the city.

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