Hawaii counties file appeal on amendment challenge

HONOLULU — The four Hawaii counties have filed an appeal of a ruling denying their challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that asks voters to allow state lawmakers to impose real property taxes for public education.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Circuit Judge Jeff Crabtree earlier this month denied the counties’ initial request to stop the proposal from going on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The counties argue the proposed amendment would erode the only source of tax income they are allowed by the state. They are seeking to invalidate the ballot question that’s to be on the November ballot, arguing that the language is vague, unclear and misleading.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association, among the proposal’s biggest supporters, say it could generate between $200 million and $400 million per year.


  1. Bond October 1, 2018 1:28 pm

    and where will that money in the grubby politicians pockets schools will never see it

  2. KonaRich October 2, 2018 6:52 am

    Even a better reason to vote for the Constitutional Convention (con-con) this year, every 10 years they try to scare the low information

    voters with the cost of it, but if it happens it will save the tax payers way more. Con con is when we the tax paying people can correct some of the total screw ups legislature has forced upon us in all these years.

  3. John Kalau October 2, 2018 7:27 am

    Property tax is one of the (very) few items that is reasonable, a relative term, in Hawaii. The DOE does a horrible job of managing the government schools….giving them more $$ isn’t going to improve things. Funds are never spent responsibly by any government entity. This is not a good idea. Interesting comments on Con-Con, only worry that only the politically motivated would participate…to line their pockets again. Don’t remember the last Con-Con generating savings or streamlining of bureaucracy. But who knows. JK

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