Council advances luxury tax structure

  • Testifiers wait to be called at Wednesday’s County Council meeting via video conference at the West Hawaii Civic Center regarding the proposed new tax classification for properties assessed at more than $2 million. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Realtor Carol Ann von Hake signs up to testify at Wednesday’s County Council meeting via video conference at the West Hawaii Civic Center in opposition to the proposed new tax classification for properties assessed at more than $2 million. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A bill creating a structure for a luxury residence tax — with 99% of the targeted property situated in three West Hawaii council districts — easily passed its first hearing Wednesday before the County Council, with one more vote to go before heading to Mayor Harry Kim, who supports it.