Hawaii County may borrow money for Puna roads

Hawaii County may borrow money for Puna roads

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County is preparing to borrow up to $20 million to pay for emergency road work so Puna residents will have a way in and out of their communities if lava crosses the area's main highway.

West Hawaii Today reports the county council is scheduled to discuss a resolution on the matter Wednesday. The measure says the county intends to authorize a bond issue to reimburse itself for expenses if necessary.

Deputy Finance Director Deanna Sako says the bond revenue would help in the event the county can't get federal funding.

But that's a worst-case scenario. Sako says the county is hoping for federal funding first. She says the county is still talking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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