GET hike coming to council

HILO — Are smoother roads and better buses worth an extra half-penny at the register? Or can the county accomplish it without having to raise taxes again?

DLNR to help get gun ranges

HILO — Long-awaited shooting ranges for the Big Island could take some incremental steps forward, the county Game Management Advisory Commission learned Monday evening.

Board moving forward on HR director selection

HILO — A new county Human Resources Department director could be selected by Feb. 21, almost five months after the sudden resignation of former HR Director Sharon Toriano in the wake of a critical audit.

General excise tax hike mulled as county drains fund balance

HILO — Mayor Harry Kim on Friday sent the County Council a bill to raise the general excise tax by one-half percent to balance next year’s budget, while telling a state legislative panel the county exhausted its fund balance to pay for this year.