Mayor Hannemann Delivers State of City Address

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann delivered his 4th annual State of the City Address Thursday morning.

From the Hawaii Theatre in Chinatown, the Mayor started his speech by saying he hopes everyone agrees his administration is doing "precisely" what it said it would do. While acknowledging more work needs to be done, the mayor specifically pointed to the millions of dollars put into our aging sewer system.

He also spoke about progress in the improving the city's roadways, recycling programs, and city parks.

And he announced a new park patrol, to be staffed by members of the Honolulu Police Department.

And his number one priority moving forward, is to keep the people off Honolulu moving forward.

"I have said traffic and transportation congestion id the most significant challenge to our quality of life," said Hannemann.  "The bottom line is this, the people of oahu are tired of studies and being stuck in traffic. They want action and they want it now."

Hannemann remains confident that by next year the city will submit it's environmental impact statement, federal funding will be approved, and the city will break ground on a rapid transit system.

For the short term he announced a new plan to help make your commute a little smoother.

"By months end, we are going to be activating our new pothole reporting feature called the pothole patrol.  It will tell you where the pothole patrol will be working in your neighborhood and allow you to tell us where to find the potholes in your location."

City Councilmember Charles Djou wasted little time in reacting to the mayors State of the City Address.

While saying the speech was delivered with "marketing gusto", Djou went on to say...

"I am dissapointed the mayor made no mention of any future tax relief or discussed restraining the massive growth in government spending. Since taking office, Mayor Hanneman increased city expenditures by a whopping 25% and financed this massive spending spree with increases in the property tax, vehicle tax, sewer fees, and the excise tax".

For his part, Hannemann said the city increased homeowner exemptions, established a homeowner tax credit, and created a tax credit for those earning $50,000 dollars or less.