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Kauai Budget Cut By $314K – North Shore Shuttle Cancelled

Jim Karlovsky, RB | (808) 282-7981 Government , Kauai Information , Local Kauai News Leave a Comment

Kauai budget - na pali coastThe Garden Island newspaper reported today that, in an effort to bring expenses closer in line with revenue, last Friday the Kauai County Council voted to cut $314,000 from the proposed 2016 Kauai budget, representing a 0.17% reduction to the $182.2 million budget plan. This modest reduction means the county will still need to use $1.4 million of its reserve savings in order to balance the budget in 2016. Potentially even more worrisome, the county is anticipating an approximate $8 million budget hole looming in 2017, mostly due to collective bargaining agreements that will raise wages and benefits for employee unions.

Of the $314,000 in funds eliminated from the 2016 Kauai budget, the largest individual cut of $180,000 served to immediately terminate the North Shore Shuttle pilot program, which provided shuttle service between Princeville and Ke’e. The goal of the program, which operated for only 6.5 months, was to help reduce traffic along Kuhio Highway on the North Shore and provide an alternative transportation option for residents and visitors.

Offsetting some of the budget cuts decided upon on Friday, some decisions were also made to add additional funding to some areas of the 2016 budget, including a combined total of $40,000 for the YWCA’s family violence shelter and its sexual assault treatment program, and also $30,000 for improvements to parks within the Waimea District.

For more information about all of the Kauai budget cuts and additions decided upon on Friday, read the original article from The Garden Island newspaper, “Budget Trimmed by $314k.”

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Having worked as a licensed Real Estate Broker in 3 states (HI, CA & IL), with $6.7 Billion in real estate sold, leased, advised upon and/or formally valued for clients, and with the experience of more than 150 completed transactions involving luxury residential, vacant land, retail, office and industrial property types, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the real estate advisory and sales services I provide to my clients here on Kauai. I hold myself to the highest ethical standards and always place my clients’ interests above my own. With an unwavering and unsurpassed work ethic, I work to advance the objectives of my clients with integrity and in a manner that fosters a sense of trust and respect.