Council advances budget after adding contingency funds

Rebecca Villegas

Holeka Inaba


Heather Kimball

Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder

Tim Richards

Aaron Chung

Council Chairwoman Maile David

Finance Director Deanna Sako addresses the County Council budget session Thursday in Hilo. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

Stark philosophical differences among County Council members, coupled with limited funds and a lot of funding requests, led to some tense moments Thursday that threatened to blow up a special session on the budget but ultimately culminated in compromise.