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Mayor's priorities a sign of progress


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 27, 2014

~~<p>Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sharpened his pencil and scratched out a good amount of waste from the city budget, an encouraging start to a fiscal planning season that, in the wake of some rough developments, had threatened to be a tough slog.</p>
<p>There were still question marks hanging over the spending plan as laid out in Wednesday's State of the City address, including funding mechanisms such as bus advertisements, which the mayor still has not relinquished. Caldwell underscored what he sees as the distinction between billboards and the bus ads and restated his opposition to the former while the latter stands to bring in an estimated $7 million. But outside bus ads would put Honolulu's hard-won signage restriction at risk of legal challenge, so it's still a bad bargain. And the City Council later Wednesday shelved the mayor's plan for a garbage-collection fee as well.</p>
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Mayor Kirk Caldwell has sharpened his pencil and scratched out a good amount of waste from the city budget, an encouraging start to a fiscal planning season that, in the wake of some rough developments, had threatened to be a tough slog.

There were still question marks hanging over the spending plan as laid out in Wednesday's State of the City address, including funding mechanisms such as bus advertisements, which the mayor still has not relinquished. Caldwell underscored what he sees as the distinction between billboards and the bus ads and restated his opposition to the former while the latter stands to bring in an estimated $7 million. But outside bus ads would put Honolulu's hard-won signage restriction at risk of legal challenge, so it's still a bad bargain. And the City Council later Wednesday shelved the mayor's plan for a garbage-collection fee as well. Login for more...



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