In bid to boost revenues, council passes bill to allow sponsorship of city properties

Updated: Apr. 26, 2017 at 11:38 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu City Council passed a bill Wednesday that would allow sponsorship of city property.

Bill 78 would allow the city to sell sponsorships of its facilities, parks and equipment.

The sponsors would be marked by small bronze plaques or signs that recognize people for their donations to improve parks and other city projects. The city sees this as a way to generate income.

Critics of the bill said that it would open the door to billboards in Hawaii, but that's not the case, according to council members.

The bill was amended to address billboard concerns, and ensures it is in compliance with state billboard laws. Amendments were also made to exclude Hanauma Bay and Kapiolani Park from being sponsored.

The bill passed in a 7-to-2 vote. Council members Ernie Martin and Carol Fukunaga opposed the measure.

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