For Immediate Release
Press Release by:
Alice L. Lee, Council Chair
Maui County Council
Council meets Tuesday for second reading of budget; committees meet throughout next week
WAILUKU, Hawaiʻi (June 1, 2023)—The Maui County Council will consider passage on second and final reading of the county’s fiscal year 2024 budget Tuesday amid a week of meetings in the Council Chamber and via video conference, Council Chair Alice L. Lee announced today.
The Maui County Charter requires the council to take final action on the budget by June 10 each year. So, the council, which normally meets on two Fridays each month, has adjusted its calendar to ensure the deadline is met, Lee said.
“As we take the final steps in the budget session, we want our community members to be informed of changes to our regular meeting schedule,” Lee said. “It’s important to receive input from those we serve as we strive to responsibly invest in our communities.”
The Water and Infrastructure Committee will meet Monday at 1:30 p.m. to receive a presentation on the Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project. On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency Committee will discuss various litigation matters.
The Efficiency Solutions and Circular Systems Committee will meet Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to receive a presentation on systematic inequality. That afternoon at 1:30 p.m., the Agriculture, Diversification, Environment and Public Transporation Committee will consider legislation to support agriculture.
To end the week, the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee will meet June 9 at 9 a.m.
Among other highlights, the budget proposes $5 million to acquire parcels in Kīhei containing wetlands for the Kīhei Drainage Master Plan and $500,000 to support the Molokai Land Trust’s acquisition of land for wetland protection and restoration, with both appropriations coming from Open Space, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources and Scenic Views Preservation Fund. Under the budget proposal, the Affordable Housing Fund would be used to provide $7.5 million for Ka Hale A Ke Ola for permanent supportive housing and $10.65 million for the Waikapū Affordable Housing Development.
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, call the Office of Council Services (808) 270-7838.