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Keep politics in water policy to a minimum


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 18, 2013

~~<p>Members of the City Council &mdash; and the public &mdash; are understandably angered by the fallout from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply's policies in recent months, but increasing politicians' control over the agency is not the remedy. The new leadership of the board should be given a chance to rebound.</p>
<p>The Council is considering a proposal by Councilman Ikaika Anderson that would give it final approval of the water board's operating and capital improvement budgets, even though city tax revenues are not affected or tapped by the agency. It also would require Council review of any land transactions or land condemnation contemplated by the water board, and require that the semi-autonomous board's members follow the city's standards of conduct.</p>
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Members of the City Council — and the public — are understandably angered by the fallout from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply's policies in recent months, but increasing politicians' control over the agency is not the remedy. The new leadership of the board should be given a chance to rebound.

The Council is considering a proposal by Councilman Ikaika Anderson that would give it final approval of the water board's operating and capital improvement budgets, even though city tax revenues are not affected or tapped by the agency. It also would require Council review of any land transactions or land condemnation contemplated by the water board, and require that the semi-autonomous board's members follow the city's standards of conduct. Login for more...



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