Advocacy Updates

Bill 12 Provides Property-Tax Relief for Family Rental Housing

Councilmember Ann Kobayashi introduced Bill 12 to provide property-tax relief to families who dedicate their Residential A property for family rental. If the property was purchased for less than $1M and is dedicated to family-rental, including parents, siblings and children, for 5 years, then the property owner would receive the lower residential property tax classification.

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Mayor Identifies Priorities in State of City Address

Mayor Kirk Caldwell laid his plans for the City & County of Honolulu is his annual state of the city address. At the top of his wish list is a request for $834M in capital improvement funds for road repairs, sewer upgrades and park improvements. He also asked for more transparency and accountability to address the rising cost of rail construction, proposed to house 346 chronically homeless people through Housing First, double the number housed during the current fiscal year, and planned for $490M in sewer-capacity improvements, more than double the current year’s $213M.

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Charter Commission Begins Public Hearings

The Honolulu Charter Commission is an appointed board that meets every ten years to study and review city government operations in the City Charter, the Constitution of the City & County of Honolulu. The board has been meeting the past 6 months to discuss proposals submitted by city departments and the public. For the first 6 months of 2016, they will begin public hearings to better select ballot questions for the November election.  

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2016 Real Property Assessments Up 6.1 Percent

Approximately 295,000 real property assessments for 2016 should have been received in the mail by property owners. The total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $214.89B to $227.9B, an overall increase of 6.1 percent. 

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