Honolulu City Council Pushes Back Against Mayor’s Proposed Budget

Reduced Road Repairs

Another point of friction between the council and Caldwell is over how much money should be spent next year on road repairs.

Caldwell has allotted $150 million in his budget to try to smooth the ride for motorists. It’s been one of the top priorities of his new administration.

While Caldwell says he can spend the money, Council Chair Ernie Martin has been less certain. Last year $100 million was allocated for road improvements, but only $1 million has been used so far.

The council initially cut Caldwell’s $150 million proposal down to $100 million. But now Martin is suggesting boosting the amount back to $120 million in the coming year with the possibility of 10 percent increases the following five years.

Councilman Ikaika Anderson also proposed restoring some funding for road repairs, but is suggesting giving Caldwell $125 million rather than increasing funding levels in future budgets.

“I recognize that many members, myself included, are apprehensive of the City’s ability to fully expend the amount originally proposed,” Anderson said in his written budget amendment proposal. “Nonetheless, I also recognize the need for flexibility should the City find itself able to exceed historical expenditure levels for road rehabilitation.”

(Source: Honolulu Civil  Beat, click here for complete article and reader comments)

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