Abandoned vehicles increasing each year on Kauai

Abandoned vehicles increasing each year on Kauai
File photo of abandoned vehicles (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The number of abandoned vehicles on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is rising each year.

The Garden Island reported Sunday that the Kauai Police Department ordered the towing of 653 vehicles in the 2019 fiscal year.

Officials say there are more than 270 pending complaints and each vehicle costs at least a few hundred dollars to remove.

Hawaii’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through the end of the following June.

Police oversaw the removal of 404 abandoned and derelict vehicles in fiscal year 2017 and 498 in fiscal year 2018.

Officials say Kauai taxpayers funded $411,000 in handling and disposal costs for abandoned and derelict vehicles in 2017 and about $423,000 in 2018.

Officials say this year the county has already spent about $491,000.

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