District 4 on Hawaii Island to Receive Almost a Half-Billion Dollars in Capital Improvement Project Funding

Residents of the new North Hawai‘i Senate District 4 were assured they will receive a larger share back of the General Excise Taxes (GET) and Transient Accommodation Taxes (TAT) that this community generates as a result of the passage on final reading today of the 2014 Legislature’s supplemental budget bill, according to District 4 Senator Malama Solomon.

Sen. Malama Solomon

Sen. Malama Solomon

With the passage of this biennium budget (HB 1700 CD1), Sen. District 4 will receive close to a half-billion dollars in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) — $380M in the first year of the biennium and $100M in this, the second year of the biennium budget, said Sen. Solomon.

District 4 includes Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikōloa, Puakō, Kawaihae and North Kona.

“Up until these past three years, our large district has not received back a fair share of the revenue it generates. After more than 15 years of serious neglect, coupled with population growth and shifting economic and community priorities, our District’s public facilities – schools, parks, agricultural infrastructure, roads and hospitals – are aging and some are in alarming disrepair.  I am very grateful that we were able to secure the support of Senate and House colleagues to fund repairs and, in some cases, make dramatic improvements that will both create short term construction employment, and also enhance quality of life, protect the environment, and address serious health, safety and social needs,” said Sen. Solomon.

Highlights of CIP funding to District 4 include:

AGRICULTURE & FOOD SELF RELIANCE

  • $1.7M Waimea Irrigation System Improvements
  • $1M Lower Hāmākua Ditch Watershed Project
  • $3.5M Waimea Homestead Community Agricultural Park (Waimea Nui)

EDUCATION

  • $9.89M Waimea Middle School (construction and equipment for a 9-Classroom Science-Technology Building)
  • $1,7M Kanu O Ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (construction of a new community recreation center emergency shelter that would double as a school-community cafeteria and recreation center)
  • $2M Honoka‘a Elementary School (construction of student drop off and parking area)
  • $2M Honoka‘a High School (athletic facility improvements)
  • $300,000 Kealakehe High School (construction of an all‐weather and synthetic track)

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT HILO

  • $33M College of Pharmacy (a new instructional facility)
  • $2.5M Astronomy (modernization and repair of 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea)
  • $500,000 College of Agricultural, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (establish the Hilo International Flight Training Center)

HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS

  • $60,000 Kailapa Community Association in Kawaihae (plan for a resource center)

HUMAN SERVICES

  • $250,000 The Food Basket, Inc. (repairs and maintenance)

HEALTH

  • $1M West Hawai‘i Community Health Center

LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

  • $200,000 Hawai‘i Island Humane Society (construction of the Hawaii Island Animal Community Center)

LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

  • $3,000,000 Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Structure Improvements and Dam Compliance
  • $8,000,000 Waimea District/Regional Park Plans (A 1:1 match with the County of Hawai‘i)

TRANSPORTATION

  • $1.9M Kona International Airport at Keahole (south ramp taxiway and ramp improvements)
  • $500,000 Hilo Harbor (modifications to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies)
  • $2M Wai‘aka Stream Bridge replacement and realignment at Kawaihae Road
  • $2M Highway 130 and Homestead Road intersection improvements
  • $1M Saddle Road Extension from the Hilo terminus to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway
  • $1M Sidewalk Improvements to Māmane Street in Honoka‘a
  • $1M Traffic Operational Improvements to existing intersections and highway facilities

Mamalahoa Highway

  • $6.2M Drainage improvements by Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Ranch Road
  • $4.5M Drainage improvements at Kāwā
  • $810,000 Rehabilitation or replacement of Hīlea Stream Bridge

Belt Road

  • $500,000 Rehabilitation or Replacement of Pāhoehoe Stream Bridge
  • $4.9M Drainage improvements by Hakalau Bridge
  • $1.3M Rehabilitation or replacement of Nīnole Bridge

DEFENSE

  • $2M Youth Challenge Academy (upgrade and renovation of Keaukaha Military Reservation)

 TOTAL

$100.215M

 

 

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