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RE: HB1744 LETTER FROM COMMUNITY OF WAIMEA OPPOSING HB1744: DO NOT TAKE COUNTIES' TAT REVENUES

To: Members of the Hawaii State Senate April 2009
cc: Members of the Hawaii House of Representatives
cc: Mayor Kenoi, Hawaii Council of Mayors
cc: County Council, County of Hawaii

From: Members of the Waimea Community, Big Island Residents

Re: HB1744 [Takes County Revenue to Balance State Budget]

PLEASE OPPOSE HB1744, which proposed legislation would take from the Counties their shares of the TAT -Transient Accommodation Taxes (“the tourist tax” collected from hotel room accommodations).

HB1744 HI STATE LEGISLATURE WANTS TO TAKE COUNTIES' TAT HOTEL TAX REVENUES: TELL YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE HB1744

VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO STATE BILL HB1744: IF THIS LEGISLATION PASSES GRAVE IMPACT ON HAWAII COUNTY BUDGET

Love of land and water is at stake..... County Legislative ALERT

MORE TO FOLLOW ...but here is a quick alert regarding important legislation coming up on March 17th- County Council
ON MARCH 17TH at 10 a.m. the Finance Committee will hear two proposed ordinances:
Council agenda available at: http://www.hawaii-county.com/council/clerks/fincom2008-2010.htm
Bill 49 with related Communication #193:to eliminate the 2% funding of the Public Access Open Space and Natural Resource Preservation Fund.
Simple: eliminates all deposits to this fund .. for two years..... who knows thereafter.

"Impact fees" versus "fair share" fees. Also see events for upcoming County Council hearings!

MARGARET WILLE/ COMMENTARY "WHO PAYS FOR IMPACTS: YOU DO"
Big Island QUESTION: Funding public facilities impacted by new developments: "Impact fees" versus "fair share" fees and whether the developer should be responsible for some portion of these costs.
Editorial commentary published in West Hawaii Today Saturday March 7, 2009
Recently there have been several articles in WHT about “fair share” versus “impact” fees. Probably there are many readers who wonder why do these fees matter to me. In other words, does this issue affect the ordinary Big Island taxpayer? Yes, very much so.

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