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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 21, 2013
Contact: Jesse Broder Van Dyke, Communications Director, email@example.com, (808) 768-6928
Mayor Caldwell returns budget bills without signature, expressing concerns; signs three other bills
Mayor attaches letter outlining adverse impact on core city services, budget will become law without his signature
The mayor’s letter on Bills 11 and 12 highlights concerns “about the restrictions placed upon the Provision for Vacant Positions and Salary Increases in Section 12(k) and the foreseeable adverse impact it will have on the delivery of core City services.” He notes that the Council rejected a proposed revenue increase of $15 million while adding $10 million to $11 million in grants-in-aid and other expenditures to the operating budget, creating a budget imbalance of about $26 million. The Council dealt with the imbalance by “cutting approximately one-half of the funding that is required to fill vacant positions” which the mayor warns could result “in cuts in core services in all areas of the City’s operations, including Police recruitment, parks maintenance and activities, and sewer and refuse operations.”
The mayor’s letter also expresses concerns about a restrictive proviso related to the city’s recycling contracts and the removal of funding for the Hau‘ula Fire Station Relocation project.
Also today, the mayor signed three other bills and returned unsigned three bills related to the HART budget.
LIST OF BILLS
The city budget bills returned unsigned with letters expressing concern are:
The letters expressing concerns about these bills are attached to this release.
Also today, Mayor Caldwell signed into law the following three bills:
Mayor Caldwell also returned unsigned three bills relating to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) budget:
The mayor signed Bill 15 last week.