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Marshall New Council Chair

Barbara Marshall Barbara Marshall
Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

By: Darren Pai

(KHNL) - Taking over the podium as chair of the Honolulu City Council, Barbara Marshall said there will be no shortage of challenges.

"It should speak volumes that this council has chosen my non-partisan voice to lead us as we face the largest spending programs in the history of this city," Marshall said.

Marshall voted against the city's mass transit program, but said she understands the majority of the Council endorsed the project.

"I've said all along i'm not against rail, but if we're going to do it, we need to do it right," Marshall said. "Quite honestly i'm not sure we can afford to do it right. And that's my dilemma right now."

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann expects to get along with Marshall.

"She recognizes that the majority of council said this is the policy call that they've made," Hannemann said. "I've heard her say on numerous occasions if we have to do it, she wants to do it right. So I think we're on the same page there."

Marshall said she opposes Hannemann's plan to create a new homeowner's category for property taxes. Marshall said it could end up hurting renters.

"If we're going to have a homeowners category, we need to make sure the brunt of that's not going to fall on the renters," Marshall said.

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