Hawaii County struggles to pay for police raises

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County is trying to figure out how to fund nearly $4 million in police raises.

Deputy Finance Director Deanna Sako says other departments will likely have to take cuts to fund police raises. The raises are from collective bargaining between the state and the police union.

West Hawaii Today reports the raises were agreed on too late to be factored into the current budget that started July 1.

Union President Tenari Maafala says Honolulu and Kauai counties have agreed to fund the increase. Maui is scheduled to take up the issue next week. Maafala says the union will pursue litigation if the arbitration isn't backed by county councils.

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