Hawaii mayors want surcharge on general excise tax

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Mayors across Hawaii say they'd like a way to be able to raise the general excise tax in their counties.

The Hawaii Council of Mayors is asking the Legislature to allow counties to add a surcharge of up to 1 percent to the state GET.

West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday that Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi says mayors want the flexibility to raise the tax with a surcharge instead of having to go through the Legislature every year for a greater share of the transient accommodations tax.

Kenoi says having a GET surcharge would give the county more flexibility to raise money for infrastructure.

The state GET is currently at 4 percent. Honolulu has a half-cent surcharge to help pay for its rail transit project.

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