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County to hold budget hearings

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

Lahainaluna High School’s eighth annual “Rally For America” was held the afternoon of Sept. 11. More than 100 students and staff waved flags and posters as a way to remember the terrorist attacks on America eight years ago, support troops protecting our country and remember two LHS graduates, Kelly Bolor and Jay Cajimat, who lost their lives in Iraq. The event was coordinated by the LHS Student Council. Student Activities Coordinator Art Fillazar said, “For some of these volunteers, they were only in the lower elementary grades and may have vague memories of that day, but by participating and seeing some photos of that day shown on our campus closed circuit TV... they realize their role today and what that day means. It was an uplifting afternoon as many passerbys along Honoapiilani Highway fronting the Lahaina Cannery Mall waved, smiled and honked their horns as their signs of support.”

WAILUKU — Mayor Charmaine Tavares and her administration will host a series of community meetings to take public testimony on the proposed budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

The West Maui meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:45 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.

Citizens with an interest in the county budget are encouraged to attend a meeting in their local area and offer testimony as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be


The meetings are designed to provide an opportunity for members of the community to present what is needed for their area.

“This information will be used to identify how the county can set priorities for its programs and capital projects to benefit our citizens,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares.

Budget Director Fred Pablo will present the projects and initiatives of the administration specific to that community. Input from the community meetings will be taken into consideration when the administration constructs the fiscal year 2010-2011 budget.

Additional meetings are slated for Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 5:45 p.m. at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, and Monday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. in Helene Hall in Hana

For more information on the budget meetings, contact the County of Maui Budget Office at 270-7855.

Each session will be preceded by presentations on the “Circuit Breaker” real property tax credit. This information session is open to all residents who may qualify for this tax credit. Applications and instructions will be available.

For information, call the county Real Property Tax Division Office at 270-7297.