HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Big Island has got a problem that says a lot about the budget crisis that Hawaii's county governments face in the coming year when falling property assessments leading to falling property tax revenues.
The problem? Officials can't find enough people to serve on a cost-cutting commission.
Mayor Billy Kenoi, who has already turned down a raise for himself and 30 other county officials, has missed a deadline for naming members of the commission because of a requirement that members come from all districts.
All but one of the members of the county council failed to get back to him with names. Kenoi's office is now contacting members of a past cost-cutting commission to see if some of them will do the job again.
Myles Miyasato, who chaired a cost-cutting commission a couple years ago, told the Herald-Tribune of Hilo that he can't remember a single major recommendation being adopted, and questioned whether people outside government have enough information to know where to cut.
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