Membership Meeting on April 8
Rare Victory for Open Government (Pearl Johnson)
Proposed Budget for Year Ending March 31, 2007
Meetings on Changing City Charter (Evangeline Funk & Piilani Kaopuiki)
Let Honolulu Vote on Taxes (Jackie Parnell)
Freedom of Information Meeting March 14
Comment on Transportation Plan (Pearl Johnson)
Let Honolulu Vote on Taxes
The League of Women Voters submitted to the current Honolulu City Charter Commission a proposed Charter amendment to remove the limitation on citizen initiative for ordinances involving "the levy of taxes." The Charter Commission seemed uncertain about the legal implications of the Kauai case (currently pending before the Hawaii Supreme Court) on any decision to implement the LWV proposed amendment. Rather than deferring a decision while they obtained legal clarification, the Commission decided to reject the proposed amendment.
However, that does not mean the issue is dead -- A recently formed grass-roots group, LET HONOLULU VOTE, is conducting an island-wide petition drive to get precisely the same amendment on the November ballot for a decision by the voters. If they are successful, it will give Honolulu voters an option when their Government turns tone deaf on the subject of taxes. Like all grass-roots efforts, LET HONOLULU VOTE needs help in collecting signatures and promoting their cause. Complete information about their effort, including contact information and links to their petition and handling instructions. can be found at their web site. LetHonoluluVote.org. Take a look and see if there's something you can do to help.
Contact: Robert Kessler. Co-Chair, LET HONOLULU VOTE, 350 Ward Ave. Ste 106-364, Honolulu, HI 96814 Ph. 922-6188
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