The Honolulu City Council voted Wednesday to approve a $2.14 billion operating budget which raises property taxes for homes worth more than a million dollars, and directs $40 million toward homeless shelters and programs. The operating budget is about $5 million less than the one presented by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in March. The vote was 8-to-1, with Councilman Breene Harimoto casting the "no" vote. He objected to adding $3 million to the fund that gives grants to Oahu nonprofits. Harimoto said he could not justify increasing aid to nonprofits when the City Council was raising property tax rates on a new Residential A property class and the hotel/resort class.
Posted Thursday, June 5th 2014 @ 2pm