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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi proposes $365M budget

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi will not fund 222 vacant county positions in his proposed $365.3 million budget for fiscal year 2012-13 submitted today to the County Council.

That would save the county $7.1 million, Kenoi said. The number of county employees have been reduced to 2,586 as of Feb. 29 from 2,787 on Nov. 30, 2008.

The biggest loss in revenues is the anticipated $8.8 million drop in real property tax revenues, or 4.2 percent, due to a decline in real property tax revenues, but he does not propose to increase property taxes.

Kenoi’s proposed operating budget  is $2 million, or 0.5 percent, less than the current operating budget, and 9.4 percent less than when he took office in 2008.

Kenoi also proposes to cut appraisals, environmental assessments and surveys, reduce workers’ compensation, and eliminating the lava viewing program at Kalapana and the West Hawaii golf subsidy.

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