Quantcast

Tuesday, September 30, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 22 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Council committee resurrects bus ad bill

By Star-Advertiser Staff

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 12:11 p.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014


A controversial bill to allow advertising on the outside of city buses was resurrected by the City Council's Budget Committee Wednesday.

Bill 69 advanced out of the committee at the behest of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who projects the plan would bring in up to $8 million annually to the cash-strapped city, and despite the strong objections of the Outdoor Circle of Hawaii.

The bill is far from final passage, however. Council Chairman Ernie Martin and Councilman Joey Manahan said they don't like the idea of creating precedent by allowing ads on the sides of buses. Two more votes of the full Council are needed before the plan can go to Caldwell's desk for his signature.

Marti Townsend, Outdoor Circle executive director, said allowing bus ads was a slippery slope, and would make it easier for other "mobile" ads to be placed on the sides of commercial vehicles.

But Council members who supported the bill said there's a need to at least consider seriously a plan to add revenues for bus service that does not require raising taxes or bus fares.






 Print   Email   Comment | View 22 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(22)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions


IN OTHER NEWS
Breaking News
Blogs
Volley Shots
Tuesday check-in

Political Radar
Taxing

Warrior Beat
Quick turnaround

Political Radar
`Side-by-side’

Political Radar
Fore!

Political Radar
1994

Island Crafters
Proud Mommy Status

Wassup Wit Dat!
Got You Now

Warrior Beat
Back on the field