Advocacy Updates

Property Tax Bills To Be Considered

With passage of the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year Budget for the City & County of Honolulu, City Council Members can now focus attention on revenue-generating and cost-reduction initiatives. Specifically, a number of property tax measures have been introduced and deserve discussion to determine possible impact.

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Budget Bills Passed

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell returned a number of bills to City Council – unsigned – including the executive operating budget, the executive capital budget, and the HART operating and capital budget bills for fiscal year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The bills passed third reading at the City Council’s meeting on June 7.

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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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