Molokai Highlights

 

The Council’s proposed $816.5M budget reduced the Mayor’s $869.8M proposed budget by approximately $53 million, which includes aid for Molokai residents and businesses to help recover from impacts of COVID-19.

 

“While facing the unique challenges of a global pandemic and unprecedented statewide quarantine,” said Budget Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, “the Committee moved successfully through uncharted waters, deliberating entirely online - putting Maui County on the map - succeeding in our mission to maintain public participation and accepting oral testimony.”

 

The proposed budget provides homeowners and businesses tax relief from the previous year, even with anticipated loss of revenue from wastewater and solid waste, due to hotels being unable to operate, and in light of the Governors recent announcement that county’s will very likely receive zero transient accommodation tax.

 

Budget Highlights for Molokai include:

  • Reduced owner-occupied tax rate from $2.90 to a tiered structure: $2.51 for homes valued up to $800,000, $2.56 for homes between $800,001 to $1.5 million, $2.61 for homes more than $1.5 million

  • $10,000,000 - COVID-19 assistance countywide

  • $2,500,000 - Micro-grants for farmers countywide

  • $100,000 - Molokai’s pilot incinerator project

  • $300,000 - Feral animal control on Molokai

  • $350,000 - Ho‘olehua Fire Station renovation/addition

  • $250,000 - Kilohana Recreation Center renovations

  • $500,000 - Molokai Police Station roof replacement

  • $28,963 - HeadStart summer program

  • $11,000 - Molokai participation in Special Olympics

  • $50,000 - Suicide prevention countywide

  • $10,000 - Molokai Veterans Caring for Veterans

  • $20,000 - Ka Molokai Makahiki

  • $35,000 - Weedsteam machine for pesticide-free weed management

  • $250,000 - East Molokai Watershed Protection

  • $5,000,000 - Molokai Landfill Phase V Expansion

  • $250,000 - Kaunakakai Gym Rehabilitation

  • $1,200,000 - Molokai Land Trust

  • $99,750 - Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways

  • $137,634 - Molokai Humane Society

  • $310,931 - Molokai Youth Center

  • $30,000 - Molokai/Lana‘i Soil Water Conservation

  • $10,000 - Molokai livestock coop

  • $100,000 - Molokai/Lanai Agricultural Production

  • $244,748 - Molokai Diversified Agriculture Program

 

The community is encouraged to testify on the proposed budget and the funds for Molokai at first reading on Friday, May 22, 2020.  Email written testimony to countyclerk@mauicounty.us. For information on providing oral testimony, go to mauicounty.us/agendas.

Molokai Office

P.O. Box 889

Kaunakakai, HI 96748

(808)553-3888

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez

Molokai Council Member

&

Maui County Council Vice-Chair

 Keani.Rawlins@mauicounty.us

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Maui Office

200 South High Street

Wailuku, HI 96793

(808)270-7678

 

Maui County Council Vice-Chair

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez