Big Island mayor submits revised budget

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi
Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has presented a revised operating budget for fiscal year 2015 that is nearly 6 percent higher than last year.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Kenoi sent the budget Monday to the Hawaii County Council.

Additional revenue is coming from an extra $1.7 million in property taxes after higher property values.

There is also an extra $1.86 million in the county's share of the state transient accommodations tax. Another $770,000 is being carried over from the previous year and from other sources.

The first reading of the budget is set for May 14. After the budget is approved by the council, it goes back to Kenoi for his signature or veto.

The upcoming fiscal year begins July 1.

Kenoi's spending plan totals $416.9 million.

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