Condos and hotels caught up in proposed vacation rental rules

HILO — Some longtime vacation rental condos, by a quirk of zoning, are being swept up into a vacation rental bill while those just across Alii Drive are not, an issue that has a crowd ready to speak out at the Leeward Planning Commission meeting.

Education tax discussion planned in Hilo

An important decision will be made by voters this November that, if passed, will amend Hawaii’s constitution. The ballot question reads, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

Pay-as-you-throw revisited

HILO — A pay-as-you-throw bag-tag rubbish program could be revisited after it was rejected first in 2009 and again in 2015.

Ethics Board punts on honesty policy

HILO — Honesty may be said to be the best policy, but it’s not a policy the County Council, or the Board of Ethics, seems eager to see set in law.

Candidate advertising rules draw fines

HILO — Fourteen Big Island candidates are among dozens throughout the state settling with the Campaign Spending Commission after they failed to disclose how much they spent on advertising leading up to the primary election.