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Tell the county why programs are essential

By Staff | Sep 2, 2010

It’s no secret that in these tough times, money is tight in county government.

If a county-funded service, improvement project or program is important to you, now is the time to speak up.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares will host a series of community meetings this month to take public testimony regarding the proposed county spending plan for fiscal year 2011-12.

The West Maui budget hearing will be held Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.

“Each year before submitting my administration’s proposed budget to the County Council, I begin by gathering input from the community,” said Tavares.

“This is an important first step, and I encourage the public to participate. Their suggestions and concerns are valuable and appreciated.”

For more information on the budget meetings, contact the county Budget Office at 270-7855 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/budget.

In budget meetings last year, West Maui residents sought continued support for Maui Economic Opportunity programs, the West Maui Boys and Girls Club, Keiki Kokua, Women Helping Women, road resurfacing, sidewalk improvements on Front Street, a new water tanker truck for the Napili Fire Station and other priorities.

With diving revenues, the next county budget will be difficult to create.

The mayor and County Council need to know what programs to continue and why they are important.

What does West Maui need from a county standpoint? If you don’t testify for programs that are important to you, they may be cut.