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January 10, 2001

MAYOR HARRIS ASKS FOR $74 MILLION EMERGENCY FUNDS

Mayor Jeremy Harris has submitted a supplemental budget request (Bill 100-2000) to the City Council requesting nearly $74 million dollars for construction projects that cannot wait for July 2001 when the next budget will take effect.

Resurfacing streets, extending the Waikiki pedestrian improvements and building new showers and comfort stations will cost $13 million. According to acting Budget and Fiscal Services Director Caroll Ann Takahashi, so many complaints have been received about the poor condition of city streets since the current budget was adopted that repair work must start as soon as possible. Regarding the Waikiki improvements, she said the contrast between the newly renovated section and the nearby area is so great that extending the improvements should be done right away.

Wastewater collection and disposal infra-structure improvements will cost $21.8 million. These projects have to be included now to avoid penalties from the federal government for not meeting environmental protection standards.

The mayor is requesting nearly $6.5 million for equipment, $1.7 million to correct problems with the new Kapolei Civic Center and $300,000 to complete removing hazardous waste from the old Kapalama incinerator site.

$30.5 million is for culture and recreation projects.

The City Council is holding hearings on the supplemental budget request January and February.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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