Advocacy Updates

Expedited Building Permit Bill Moves

Council Chair Ernie Martin is making his final push to reduce the City’s building permit backlog before leaving office. Bill 65, introduced by Martin, would allow for an expedited process for building permits for one- and two-family dwellings and would aid in addressing Oahu’s housing inventory challenges. 

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City Council Races Head to the General Election

If a candidate does not win at least 50 percent plus one of the Primary Election vote, then the top two candidates in each council race will face off in the General Election. Blank votes are eliminated when calculating this final percentage.

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Property Tax Relief Proposed for East Honolulu Flooding


Bill 36 introduced by budget chair Trevor Ozawa (District 4 – East Honolulu) heads to second reading before City Council on Wednesday, May 9. The bill would provide real property tax relief for property damaged or destroyed as a result of natural disaster – specifically the flood of April 13.

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City Council Special Budget Committee Hearing Schedule

Honolulu City Council Budget Chair Trevor Ozawa along with Vice Chair Ann Kobayashi will begin budget briefings for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year on Wednesday, April 11, at 9 am at Honolulu Hale. The agenda includes review of the legislative budget, the executive operating and capital budgets, and Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) executive and operating budgets.

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