by Debbie Hecht The Charter Commission meets every ten years to amend our County charter, which is the highest law of Hawai`i County. The Commission has passed a not less than 1% Land Fund amendment. This will appear on the ballot on November 2nd. As a charter amendment, it can be changed only by a … Read morePLEASE VOTE YES FOR 1% LAND FUND CHARTER AMENDMENT NOV. 2
by Debbie Hecht The Hawai’i County Charter Commission voted 6 to 2 on November 6 the REDUCE the 2% Land Fund to the “Not less than Half% Land Fund.” This means the land fund would get approximately $1.00 per year with full matching funds, so the County would have $2 million per year to acquire … Read moreREDUCE THE 2% LAND FUND?
by Debbie Hecht Hawai`i Island’s treasured lands need to be saved now! The $4 million generated from 2% of Hawai`i County property taxes could be used as the principal and interest payment on $50 million of bonds. This is not a new idea! Over 200 communities across the United States have passed Open Space Bonds … Read moreTHE OPEN SPACE BOND & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT for COUNTY PARKS
by Debbie Hecht In 2006 57% of voters said “yes” to set aside 2% of our property taxes each year to acquire Open Space. There are now over $5 million in the fund, but the money for ’08 will pay for Kawa`a Bay. The 1.8 acres at Waipi`o Lookout was the first purchase using 2% … Read moreSAVING LAND WITH OPEN SPACE/PARKLANDS BOND
By Debbie Hecht The Sierra Club is working with the Save Our Lands Citizens’ Committee and supports the 2% for Open Space Ballot Initiative. A YES vote in November will change the existing Open Space and Natural Resources Ordinance by dedicating 2% of Hawai`i County property taxes each year to preserve open spaces and by … Read more2% Solution Vote YES in November 06
By Matt Binder We have started receiving Action Alerts for the new state legislative session from our lobbyist/executive director, Jeff Mikulina. If you are interested in helping pass good laws and/or opposing bad ones. This year we are making a strong effort to work in a grand environmental coalition with other groups so that we … Read moreLEGISLATIVE NEWS