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Ideas sought for county budget

Mayor Alan Arakawa is seeking the community’s input on the Maui County budget. Arakawa and his administration will host a series of community meetings in September and October to receive comments and suggestions from the public regarding the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year 2020. Citizens with an interest in the county budget are encouraged to attend a meeting in their local area and offer input, either as individuals or on behalf of an organization. Both written and verbal comments will be accepted.

“This is a valuable opportunity for our citizens to have a say in how their taxpayer dollars are spent by the County,” said Arakawa. “Many of the projects and new services that my administration has implemented over the years were a direct result of the input from these community meetings. Suggestions from the public help us prioritize what is best for our community, and understand how to better serve our residents. Putting together the Maui County budget is a process in which everyone can take part.”

Tables will be set up 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. Attendees will be given a form upon arrival at the meeting to determine their needs and to which department(s) their comments pertain.

The meeting in each community will begin with an overview by Arakawa and Budget Director Sandy Baz, followed by approximately one hour for attendees to submit comments at the various department tables.

Staff from the Community Development Block Grant office will also be on-hand to offer information and gather public input on the use of the county’s funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Block Grant is a federal program created by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. CDBG funds received will be utilized for housing and community development needs primarily benefiting low and moderate income persons.

The schedule and location of the Community Budget Meetings are as follows:
Central Maui
Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018
5:30pm, Velma Santos (Wailuku) Community Center


East Maui
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018
5:30pm, Hana Community Center


Upcountry
Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
5:30pm, Mayor Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center, Social Hall


Pa‘ia/Ha‘iku
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
5:30pm, Ha‘iku Community Center


West Maui
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
5:30pm, Lahaina Intermediate School


South Maui
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
5:30pm, Kihei Community Center


Lana‘i
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
4pm, Hale Kupuna O’Lana’i (Hale Mahaolu)


Moloka‘i
Monday, Oct. 18, 2018
4pm, Mitchell Pauole Complex

For more information on the community meetings, contact the County of Maui Budget Office at 270-7855 or visit Mauicounty.gov/Budget. For information on CDBG, contact the County of Maui CDBG Program Office at 270-7213 or visit Mauicounty.gov/CDBG.

Photo courtesy County of Maui