Council seeks proof that taxpayer money’s well-spent

County expenses (courtesy Hawaii County Finance Department)
County revenues (courtesy Hawaii County Finance Department)
Mayor Harry Kim addresses the County Council Finance Committee on his proposed budget Tuesday in Hilo (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — A full 38% of the county’s proposed 2019-20 budget is eaten up by employee pensions, retirement, health insurance and payment on old debt, eroding the ability of the County Council and administration to pay for new services and initiatives.