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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2006
Release No. M-95-06
MAYOR SIGNS WAIKIKI STREET CLOSURES BILL
AND FIVE OTHER MEASURES
Mayor Mufi Hannemann signed six bills into law, including Bill 84, CD2, FD2, which limits the number of parades and other street-closing events in
“We understand the concerns of some Waikiki residents about the number of street closures in
The bill deals primarily with events within the Waikiki special district, the area bounded by
· Recognizes 14 “legacy” events that have been held in
· Limits the number of permits that the director of transportation services can issue for other
· Allows the mayor to grant waivers for as many as 10 events a year, provided each event meet certain criteria, such as being culturally or historically significant, recognizes outstanding achievement or significant accomplishment or fosters community spirit or pride.
The City Department of Transportation Services is drafting rules and regulations to carry out the ordinance, which takes effect on January 1, 2007.
The mayor also signed:
· Bill 87 (2004) CD2, which establishes new recycling, reuse, composting and waste diversion goals for the City’s solid waste program, to save landfill space.
· Bill 38, which requires the City to increase the amount of solid waste it convert to energy by the year 2010.
· Bill 52, CD2, which establishes a limit on rental fees for the Waikiki Shell or
· Bill 54, CD1, which removes a requirement for certified copies of state income tax returns from applicants for the City’s real property tax credit. The credit is for titleholders whose combined income is less than $50,000. Qualifying titleholders’ property taxes are capped at 4 percent of their total combined income. The tax credit ordinance initially required applicants to submit a certified copy of their state income tax return. The state Department of Taxation refused to provide certified copies for that purpose.
· Bill 57, which amends the current fiscal year budget by adding an appropriation for $5 million to be used to guarantee payment for contracting services to the state Department of Taxation’s collection of the half-percent excise tax surcharge for mass transit that takes effect on January 1.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Friday, September 01, 2006|