The Budget and Finance Committee will hold evening meetings throughout Maui County next month to receive community input on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
I encourage you to participate and inform us how tax dollars should be spent, as after all, it is your money.
The meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. except for the Molokai and Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu-Kahului district meeting, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
District meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Thursday, April 2, Kihei Community Center, Main Hall, 303 East Lipoa Street, Kihei, Maui – South Maui District.
- Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., Kaunakakai School, 30 Ailoa Street, Kaunakakai, Molokai – Molokai District.
- Thursday, April 9, Haiku Community Center, Main Hall, Hana Highway at Pilialoha Street, Haiku – Makawao-Haiku-Paia District.
- Monday, April 13, Hana Community Center, 5091 Uakea Road, Hana, Maui – East Maui District (Hana-Keanae-Kailua).
- Wednesday, April 15, Lahaina Civic Center, Social Hall, 1840 Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui – West Maui District
- Friday, April 17, Lanai Senior Center, 309 7th Street, Lanai City, Lanai – Lanai District
- Monday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m., Lihikai Elementary School, Dining Room, 335 South Papa Avenue, Kahului, Maui – Wailuku-Waihee-Waikapu and Kahului Districts
- Wednesday, April 22, Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center, Social Hall, 91 Pukalani Street, Pukalani, Maui – Upcountry District (Pukalani-Kula-Ulupalakua).
The agenda for the meetings will be officially published on the county website on March 25, the same day the council receives the mayor’s budget proposal. The committee will also conduct budget meetings in the Council Chamber in Wailuku on most days beginning March 31 through May 1.
The budget ordinance is the county’s financial plan for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. It determines how much money each department receives to carry out county services such as fire and police protection, public transportation, water supply and garbage collection, and how much is collected from the public through taxes and fees.
The budget also sets forth the amount of grant money offered to community organizations and establishes funding levels for capital improvements projects, such as road repaving, park improvements and water system upgrades.
For more information on meeting dates, you can visit www.mauicounty.gov/committees/bf.
As always, if you have any feedback on pending or future legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me through e-mail at Mike.White@mauicounty.us or by phone at 270-5507.