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County ready to take budget requests

By Staff | Sep 11, 2014

Maui residents lately have been talking trash – trucks not making the rounds on Labor Day and the difficulty to recycle every day items if you live north of Lahaina.

Other county-related topics appearing on this page in recent weeks include the danger in crossing Napilihau Street, lack of police enforcement for speeders on Honoapiilani Highway, the upcoming ballot question on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Lahaina residents’ campaign to establish a park at the Kahoma Village site and the poor condition of Wainee Street.

If you have concerns about county parks, roads, programs or facilities – or want to make sure funding for them is appropriated in the next budget – attend Monday’s community budget meeting at 5 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.

Mayor Alan Arakawa and his administration will host the Sept. 15 West Side meeting to take comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16.

Realizing that speaking in front of a big crowd is difficult for some residents, this year tables will be arranged to allow directors and staff from each county department to meet with members of the public, hear budget-related needs, listen to concerns and answer questions about various county-related issues.

Have a complaint about the Maui Bus? A concern about crime in your neighborhood? Frustrated about the condition of your street? Present your comments one-on-one to a manager in the county administration.

It’s also important to voice support for county-funded programs and projects. It took years of lobbying by local skaters, for example, but now they have a skate park. Local seniors are also akamai in their annual strong showings to ask the county to continue to support rides and services provided by Maui Economic Opportunity Inc.

The county faces many needs and requests for funding each year. Make sure the county administration is aware of what is important to you.

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