Dear Senator Kim and Members of the Committee:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii opposes this bill. Our counties are having just as much trouble in balancing their budgets as the State. The major difference is that you have many ways to raise money and the counties very few.
If this bill is enacted into legislation, the tax burden of every property owner in Hawaii will be increased. Although the State may be in tough financial circumstances, it is not fair to pre-empt income from the counties.
Thank you for this opportunity to testify.