For Immediate Release
Press Release by:
Yuki Lei K. Sugimura, Committee Chair
Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee
Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee to hold evening meeting Monday on general excise tax surcharge
WAILUKU, Hawaiʻi (June 21, 2023)—Committee Chair Yuki Lei K. Sugimura announced that the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee will meet Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss and receive input on Bill 49 (2023)—which would add a 0.5% surcharge on the 4% state general excise tax.
Sugimura said the general excise tax fund will only be used toward housing infrastructure—including water, drainage, sewer, water reuse, waste disposal and waste treatment systems that connect to county infrastructure, as well as pedestrian paths or sidewalks on a county road near or around a public school. If approved, the tax surcharge will be levied beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
“We understand that some community members are unable to attend the committee meetings during the day, so we would like to create another opportunity for public testimony in the evening,” said Sugimura, who is the council’s vice-chair. “I would like to ensure that we’ve done everything possible to give our community a voice in this matter prior to taking action on this legislation.”
In-person, online and phone testimony is welcome at all meetings. Testimony instructions are on the meeting agendas, available at: mauicounty.us/agendas.
Legislation and other supporting documents are also accessible via the meeting agendas. For more information, please email BFED.Committee@mauicounty.us or contact the Office of Council Services at (808) 270-7838.