Panel discusses proposed property tax in advance of November vote

  • Community members attend Wednesday evening’s Community Forum on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • State Sen. Kaialii Kahele expresses his support for the property tax ballot initiative to fund education Wednesday evening at the Community Forum at West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Hawaii State Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee supports the property tax ballot initiative to fund education Wednesday evening at the Community Forum at West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Hawaii County Real Property Tax Administrator Lisa Miura expresses her views on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education Wednesday evening at the Community Forum at West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Community members attend Wednesday evening's Community Forum on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Community members attend Wednesday evening's Community Forum on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Tom Yamachika of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii expresses his view on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education Wednesday evening at the Community Forum at West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Sherry Bracken moderates Wednesday's Community Forum on the property tax ballot initiative to fund education at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Community Forum panel members Corey Ronenlee, HSTA president, right; Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii; Kaialii Kahele, state senator; Sherry Menor-McNamara, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; and Lisa Miura, County of Hawaii Real Property Tax administrator express their views Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center on the proposed property tax ballot initiative to fund education. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — While supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment say it could raise much-needed funds for the state’s public schools, opponents argue the proposal has too many ambiguities and too few guarantees.