Public offers mixed reviews of service as the cost of government grows
The bathrooms at Kailua Playground in the heart of Kailua-Kona are locked and in shambles.
Kailua Playground on Kuakini Highway remains overgrown and in disrepair.
A rusted lock secures the gate at the overgrown Kailua Playground basketball court.
Jaslyn Nathanial of the Hawaii County Planning Department goes over plans with John Hetherington at the West Hawaii Civic Center office. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
A sign on the door of Environmental Management at the West Hawaii Civic Center indicates no regular office hours. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
Growth of county employee totals. (Source: Hawaii County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2017
HILO — Since 2000, Hawaii County’s population has risen by 33.5 percent. The number of county employees has increased by 27.6 percent.
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