Advocacy Updates

Tax Relief Bill for Sprinkler Retrofit Heads to Last Reading

City Council Bill 101 provides real property tax relief for installation of an automatic sprinkler system on an owner's high-rise condominium property. An owner of a residential unit in an existing high-rise residential would be entitled to up to a $2,000 tax credit against the owner's real property tax liability if an automatic sprinkler system is either installed throughout the high-rise building or the common areas of the existing residential high-rise building. Existing high-rise residential building means any building that has floors used for human occupancy located more than 75 feet above the highest grade, contains dwelling units, and which was erected prior to 1993.  The credit will be applied against real property tax liability for the tax year immediately following approval.

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Budget Committee Hears Property Tax Bills

As the Honolulu City Council prepares for budget hearings for the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the Budget Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 14, to hear two of many expected property tax bills.

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City Council Will Hear Report from Fire Safety Group

Following the Marco Polo Condominium fire, City Council adopted Resolution 17-341 to establish a permitted interaction group composed of Councilmembers Ann Kobayashi, Carol Fukunaga, and Trevor Ozawa as they have the highest number of high-rise residential condominiums in their district. 

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City Attempts to Address Monster Homes

The Honolulu City Council will be considering legislation that places a moratorium on the construction of “monster homes” and allow the Department of Planning and Permitting sufficient time to draft legislation that would prevent these homes from springing up in our neighborhoods.

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