HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mayor Peter Carlisle vetoed Tuesday four bills that had previously been approved by the City Council.
Among those vetoed were, bills 33 and 34, relating to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) operating and capital budgets for fiscal year 2011-12.
"Bills 33 and 34, by which the City Council assumes control over the transit funds and the budgets therein, attempt to amend the city charter by ordinance, which is illegal," Carlisle said.
City council members plan to hold a special meeting to override the vetoes. Councilman Ernie Martin, who is poised to become the new council chair, says he's disappointed in the Mayor's veto but does believe the votes are there to override.
"When we override his vetoes and we will override his veto, I hope that he's open to further consideration and working with the council to avoid litigation," said Ernie Martin. "This is beyond rail, this comes down to whether council has the right to review and approve the Hart budget."
Mayor Carlisle says even if the council unanimously voted to override, he says there is no compromise on this issue and he plans to settle it in court.
Also vetoed, was Bill 35, which would authorize reimbursements from the transit fund to the general fund and the highway fund for pre-2007 expenditures.
"The state Attorney General has opined that reimbursements for costs incurred prior to Jan. 1, 2007 would be contrary to state law," Carlisle said. "Fundamentally, I am not at liberty to disregard the Attorney General's opinion on this question of state law."
Bill 36, also vetoed, would reinstate a discounted disposal fee for residue from commercial recycling operations.
Jennifer Hudson of Steel Industries' Metals Recycling Business, issued the following statement regarding Mayor Carlisle's veto of Bill 36, which provided a financial break to those who recycled heavily.
"Bill 36 would have allowed Schnitzer Steel and other recyclers enough time to adjust our operations and ease the transition for our suppliers and the public. Instead, the Mayor's veto will lead to a sudden and complete halt to the tipping fee discount for recycling businesses," Hudson said.
According to Carlisle, the elimination of the discount will return about $2 million in annual revenue to the city.