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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2006
MAYOR HANNEMANN APPROVES BUDGET BILLS
Bill 28 (2006), C.D. 2, the City’s $1.5-billion operating budget, and
Bill 29 (2006), C.D. 2, the capital budget of $680.7 million.
In approving the measures, Hannemann said, “In my state-of-the-City address in late February, I described our budget as ‘no-frills,’ a budget that reflected the consistency of our spending priorities. Our focus has been, and continues to be, on the basic services that place a premium on public safety; maintenance of roads, parks and public facilities; transportation and traffic; and sewage and solid waste.
“It’s noteworthy that spending on sewers and sanitation will account for more than half—$356.6 million, or 52 percent—of our total capital spending this coming year, a clear indication of the condition of our aging infrastructure. We’ll also be spending $44 million on road repairs.
“The other priority is traffic relief, where we’ve budgeted $50 million as the next step in our efforts to build a modern mass transit network based on a light rail system. So many people have devoted so much time to this effort to bring us this far, and this appropriation will show decision-makers on Capitol Hill, and potential private sector investors, that Honolulu is closer than ever to realizing its dreams.”
Hannemann credited the City Council for its support of the spending package. Said the mayor, “The members of the Council had to make some tough decisions on the budget. Given our current spending priorities, they had to decline many requests from their constituents for nice-to-have projects. That took courage and fortitude. But their support for this budget will mean a better quality of life for this generation and those to come, and that kind of long-term outlook is commendable.”
Mayor Hannemann also signed into law the following measures on June 23:
Bill 27 (2006), C.D. 2, the $13.75-million legislative budget.
Bill 81 (2005), C.D. 2, relating to real property tax valuations, provides a one-time real property tax discount of $200 against the taxes owed for an owner’s home for the 2006-2007 tax year, provided the property was granted a home exemption for that tax year.
Bill 30 (2006), relating to authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds and bond anticipation notes, authorizes the City to issue and sell bonds and notes in the maximum principal amount equal to the aggregate amounts appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2007 capital improvement program budget.
Bill 31 (2006), C.D. 2, relating to revenue-enhancing opportunities for the Department of Enterprise Services, will enhance the City’s revenue-generating opportunities at the Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell through provisions for co-promotion of events, adjustments in arena percentage rent caps, and displacement of non-profit organizations to the Waikiki Shell to permit the use of the Concert Hall for events that will offer greater financial benefit, be of significant public appeal, and offer an attraction to the community that would not otherwise be available.
Bill 32 (2006), C.D. 1, relating to admission fees for the Honolulu Zoo, increases the Honolulu Zoo’s admission rate for non-residents 13 years of age and older from $6 to $8 per person.
Bill 33 (2006), C.D. 1, relating to the transit fund, prevents transit project money from being commingled with the City’s General Fund, provides tighter budgetary control and accountability of the revenue collected for transit purposes, and facilitates drafting of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.
Mayor Hannemann said, “This measure will guarantee that all revenues we collect for our transportation improvements will be devoted exclusively to those projects. Past raids on the sewer fund to pay for high-maintenance, nice-to-have construction projects have shown us the unfortunate consequences of a lack of oversight and accountability of City finances.”
The mayor approved the following budget-related measure on June 20, 2006:
Bill 34 (2006), C.D. 2, relating to the Special Reserve Fund, changes the name of the fund to the Reserve for Fiscal Stability Fund, amends its purpose, and changes the provisions under which deposits and expenditures are made.
Mayor Hannemann said, “I continue to maintain that the City needs to set aside a reserve, a savings account, if you will, for that rainy day. A natural disaster, a severe economic downturn such as we experienced in the wake of the first Gulf War or September 11, or any number of unforeseen crises would place a severe burden on the public sector, and particularly on a City government that oversees our first-responders, maintains the public infrastructure, and is on the front-lines in any emergency. A fund also has the benefit of lowering our cost of borrowing money because it shows investors that we’re financially sound and prudent.
“I’m very grateful that the members of the City Council recognize the importance of this savings account and have taken the steps to make it a regular part of our budget.”
Joyce Oliveira, Mayor’s Office, 523-4714
Gregg Hirata, Mayor’s Office, 523-4051
Fiscal Year 2007
Beachwalk pump station force main $18 million
effluent pump station $15 million
Honouliuli treatment plant solids handling $22 million
Honouliuli treatment plant upgrades $10 million
Kalihi-Nuuanu sewers $21 million
Wilhelmina Rise sewers $20 million
Waimalu sewers $9.5 million
($10 million for storm damage repairs) $44 million
Manana cane haul road construction $4 million
Waimalu Stream dredging $3 million
Flood control for streams and ditches, islandwide $1.25 million
Bridge rehabilitation and improvements, islandwide $2.5 million
15 uniformed police officers $0.77 million
10 permanent and 10 contract water safety officers (lifeguards) $0.6 million
Crime laboratory expansion $9.95 million
Police station and facility improvements $1.65 million
Police patrol sedans and other equipment $2.9 million
Mobile data computers in patrol vehicles $1 million
Fire station building improvements $2 million
McCully fire station replacement $1 million
Two fire engines $1 million
New lifeguard towers $0.4 million
Telecommunications facilities upgrades $2.9 million
Public Facilities and Parks
Blaisdell Center Arena risers $2.32 million
Blaisdell Center Arena air-conditioner
(addition to $4 million from FY2006) $1.5 million
Kapolei corporation yard (includes FY2006 funding) $9 million
Halona Blowhole reconstruction $1.15 million
Fire alarms for park buildings $1.7 million
Sunset Beach Recreation Center construction $3.1 million
Waipio Recreation Complex restroom construction $1.55 million
Honolulu Zoo improvements $1.5 million
Pearlridge Satellite City Hall renovation $0.5 million
Traffic and Transportation
Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Project $50.2 million
Computerized traffic control system $2.3 million
Traffic signals at various locations $2.3 million
Buses and handi-van acquisition $13.5 million
Middle Street transit center construction $2.5 million
Intra-island ferry (includes $3 million in federal funds) $3.3 million
Fuel for public transportation buses $25 million
Kulana Nani apartment renovations $1.4 million
Rental assistance (federal and City funds) $32.1 million
Waianae affordable housing
(to Hawaii Housing Development Corporation) $0.66 million
Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu for low-income housing $0.9 million
Hui Kauhale, Inc., for affordable housing at Ewa Villages $2.1 million
Korean American Foundation senior care facilities $1.95 million
Gregory House and Life Foundation HIV/AIDS services $0.42 million
Six contract driver license examiners during
summer and holiday $77,000
Four real property appraisers at Kapolei Hale $137,000
|Friday, June 23, 2006|