Maui mayor proposes nearly $900M budget in state of county address

Maui mayor proposes nearly $900M budget in state of county address
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MAUI COUNTY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa unveiled what he called his "most aggressive budget" proposal on Friday.

It adds up to nearly $900 million dollars.

Arakawa says that the main concerns he wants the county council to prioritize are traffic, parks and housing.

"Everything on Maui has just gone through the roof and people working here cannot afford to stay here," Srakawa said in a statement.

The budget proposal allots $35.5 million to road resurfacing projects like the ones on Kamehameha Avenue and Maui Lani Parkway roundabout. It also allots $20 million to go toward the rebuilding of the Waiehu Golf Course, which he proposed closing last year.

Arakawa also wants to allocate $9 million in county funds to housing projects and homeless shelters.

The Maui County Mayor revealed plans for a lifeguard shack at Black Rock Beach in Kaanapali as part of a public-private partnership with nearby hotels. There are currently no lifeguards there because the popular beach isn't under county jurisdiction.

The budget proposal was announced at the Maui state of the county address.

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