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Committee OKs using tax money to fix private roads

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a resolution calling for spending public money to fix private roads.

Tuesday's 5-4 vote by the Committee on Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations sends the measure to the full council.

Council members would be authorized to give a portion of fuel tax revenues that normally come to their districts to nonprofit groups to maintain private roadways.

Supporters of the resolution say residents of so-called "substandard subdivisions" pay fuel taxes, too, and they deserve better roads.

Opponents say the measure runs counter to state law.

One of those voting against the resolution, Committee Chairman

Guy Enriques, says public money should be used for public purposes.

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