Council members file financial disclosures

HILO — The island’s newest County Council members are finding the job takes more time than they expected, and the three freshmen have mostly put aside their former occupations to channel their energy into their government work.

Mass Transit administrator touts progress to County Council

HILO — Years of neglect led to Hawaii County spending $618,000 to rent last-minute daily substitute buses in December alone, but the Mass Transit Agency is working hard to stop the bleeding, Administrator Brenda Carreira told the County Council this week.

Sewer fee increase 1 step closer

HILO — Sewer fees will almost double for some and triple for others over the next three years under a plan the County Council advanced Tuesday to one final reading.

Doubling up — tax hike advances

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.

Property tax changes coming

HILO — Eliminating the solar water tax credit, reclassifying small agriculture lots to residential and repealing an obsolete program are three ways the county could generate revenue and make its property tax code more equitable, according to a report to be considered next week by the County Council.

Sewer line repairs coming to Alii Drive

HILO — A wastewater force main that ruptured in 2017 sending sewage into Kailua Bay will soon be replaced, if the County Council approves a measure increasing the cost to $1.7 million.