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January 2006
President's Message (Marianna Scheffer)
Sunshine Week (Marianna Scheffer)
Impact Fees
Legislative Advocates (Marianna Scheffer)
LWV-Hawaii County - Minutes for General Meeting - 10/8/05 (Maiden Temple)
Hawaii County LWV Board Meeting - 12/9/05 (Marilyn Ednie)
LWV of Hawai'i County Member Roster
New LWV Website (Andrea Dean)
Legislative Advocates Interviews

Impact Fees

The County is faced with inadequate funding for infrastructure improvement. Chris Yuen, Planning Director for Hawaii County, states that the solution to this funding shortfall is to vote an impact fee assessment on homes, apartments, and stores, at the time a building permit is taken out. According to an article in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald,* the currently used "fair use" assessment has netted only $3.6 million out of the $74.0 million assessed. The state is mandating an impact fee law for all counties, and Helber, Hastert & Fee, with Duncan associates of Texas, is consulting with the County on how to set up the impact fees.

* Jason Armstrong, Nov. 22, 2005 Article also available on the Internet at www.hawaiitribune-herald.com

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