Doubling up — tax hike advances

Finance Director Deanna Sako and Mayor Harry Kim field council questions Monday on the general excise tax. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — A doubling and 10-year extension of the county’s general excise tax moved forward Monday on an 8-1 vote after the County Council Finance Committee heard dire warnings of property tax hikes and service cuts from Mayor Harry Kim.