Council Members, Mayor Want To Increase Spending On City Roads

HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle has proposed spending another $77 million in the coming fiscal year for the rehabilitation of city roads. But in the subsequent five fiscal years, proposed spending drops dramatically: $55 million in FY-2014 and 2015, $50 million in FY-2016, and $45 million for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Some members of the City Council are concerned the mayor?s proposal in outlying years doesn?t go far enough to address the condition of city roads, which have consistently been rated among the worst in the nation.

“At the bare minimum we would look to keep it an equivalent level,” said Council Chairman Ernie Martin. “The condition of our roads is probably one of the highest concerns that have been expressed to our office.”  In fact, Martin plans to ask Ann Kobayashi, who chairs the Council?s Budget Committee, to set aside $100 million in fiscal year 2013 for the resurfacing of city streets.

(source: KITV4, click here for complete story)

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