Charter Commission eyes PONC fund: Committee recommends cutting back property taxes going to land preservation

  • Casey Gaspar-Imai, left, Asia Fereti and Chelsey Airinios enjoy the day at Kipapa Park on Monday. PONC funds were used to purchase the land. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Jacob Esteron cooks out at Kipapa Park on Monday. PONC funds were used to purchase the land. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Keiki enjoy the last minutes of daylight in the water at Ooma. PONC funds were used for beach access in the area.(Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — How much of the budget should the county set aside for preservation and open space land purchases each year?