Tax and fee hikes will fund major highway project for Hawaii - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Tax and fee hikes will fund major highway project for Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A major announcement Thursday out of Governor Lingle's office. Top state officials are planning a six year, 4.2 billion dollar highway modernization plan.

Hawaii taxpayers and tourists would foot part of the bill.

Officials say the state-wide plan is aimed at reducing traffic, improving highway safety, maintaining roads, and saving motorists time and money.

Funding would come from future increases in the fuel tax, state vehicle registration fees, vehicle weight tax, and rental car surcharges.

The new taxes would begin mid 2011 and would generate two billion over six years. The other funds would come from the current 1.5 billion dollar highway budget and 500 million dollars in the proposed federal economic stimulus bill.

The state fuel tax would go from 17 cents  per gallon to 27 cents per gallon. A hike in vehicle weight taxes would generate an additional 68 million in annual revenues.

Motor vehicle registration fees would also be increased from 25 to 45 bucks per year. The rental vehicle surcharge tax would increase from 3 dollars a day to 5 bucks.

State officials estimate the financial impact to the average taxpayer will be 170 dollars per year.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Maui police arrest suspect in tourist kidnapping case

    Maui police arrest suspect in tourist kidnapping case

    Thursday, March 23 2017 2:19 PM EDT2017-03-23 18:19:12 GMT
    (Image: Maui Police Department)(Image: Maui Police Department)

    A woman with long dark hair and a tattoo on her leg is believed to be one of the suspects who kidnapped and robbed a pair of California visitors last week, according to surveillance video of the incident released by police on Monday.

    More >>

    A woman with long dark hair and a tattoo on her leg is believed to be one of the suspects who kidnapped and robbed a pair of California visitors last week, according to surveillance video of the incident released by police on Monday.

    More >>
  • Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

    Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

    Thursday, March 23 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-03-23 17:57:13 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-03-23 17:57:15 GMT

    A statement from the Mormon church issued on behalf of relatives says a Utah man was among those killed in a London attack and his wife was seriously injured.

    More >>

    A statement from the Mormon church issued on behalf of relatives says a Utah man was among those killed in a London attack and his wife was seriously injured.

    More >>
  • IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK PM defiant

    IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK PM defiant

    Thursday, March 23 2017 1:30 PM EDT2017-03-23 17:30:07 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 1:30 PM EDT2017-03-23 17:30:07 GMT

    Investigations are continuing around Parliament, but lawmakers are expected to go ahead with plans to reconvene in a show of solidarity.

    More >>

    Investigations are continuing around Parliament, but lawmakers are expected to go ahead with plans to reconvene in a show of solidarity.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly