Too busy to spend money: County crises boosted budget savings

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Flooding debris from Hurricane Lane riddles the soccer fields Tuesday at Hilo Bayfront.
  • A vehicle sits tilted on its side next to the Weke Road repair project in Hanalei after Hurricane Lane’s torrential rains drenched Hanalei. (Jessica Else / The Garden Island)

  • Deanna Sako
  • This is the lava eruption from fissure 8 in Leilani Estates near Pahoa in Puna on the Big Island is pictured in July. (DENNIS ODA / Star-Advertiser)

HILO — Hawaii County departments were so busy with natural disasters this year, they didn’t get a chance to spend all their budgets.