What the Hecht on the 2% Land Fund

Debbie Hecht

Commentary by Debbie Hecht:

I think it is important to know, prior to receiving the Mayor’s budget,  and to remember that we have the commitment of 6 council members, who support reinstating the 2% amount of our property taxes to the Land Fund. (see attached 5 pledges and an email from Angel Pilago)

There are many properties to still be acquired and  there is still $3.5 million in the fund that the Kenoi administration has not spent.  Kaiholena south is still for sale which would help to secure the Kohala coast. There are other properties that the council has set aside for sale too. Reports and the financial data are available at:

http://www.hawaii-county.com/finance/ponc.htm

We hope that the Mayor and council continue to honor 57% of voters who voted in 2006 to set aside 2% of our taxes to preserve our open spaces.  In 2010, again,   57.5% of voters  voted to set aside a minimum of 1% of our property taxes as a  charter amendment (which the Mayor and council cannot change without a vote of the people).  This consistent vote of 57% of voters on our island was in a serious recession.  Many people doubted that we would continue steadfast  in our commitment to acquire  the great places that make our island one of the most beautiful places in the world AND also could be the foundation for an eco-tourism industry on this island.   The vote in 2010 of 57.5% occurred even after the Mayor raised our property taxes.

We ask our elected officials to PLEASE honor the vote of 57% of voters on this island and reinstate the 2% amount so we can save Hawaii Island’s great places.

Mahalo-

Debbie

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