Roth releases ‘bare bones’ budget: Mayor’s first budget plan reflects cutbacks, uncertainty at Legislature

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer posts a hazard flag warning Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area beachgoers of conditions during mid-February at the popular beach park in South Kohala. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer looks out over Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in February in South Kohala. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Faced with uncertainty and cutbacks at the state level, Mayor Mitch Roth on Monday released the first proposed budget of his term, described by staff as a “bare bones” plan as the county grapples with the fiscal aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.