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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM Councilman Ikaika Anderson, left, Oahu Transit Services President Roger Morton, Facility Maintenance Director Ross Sasamura and Councilman Stanley Chang stood with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, center, as he presented his budget plan.
GRAPHIC BY MARTHA HERNANDEZ / MHERNANDEZ@STARADVERTISER.COM Some 37 percent of the city’s $2.1 billion operating budget is tied to debt service and employee-related expenses such as FICA, health care and pension costs, what the city calls “nondiscretionary funding.” Public safety programs, including police, fire, ambulance and ocean safety services, make up 19.5 percent of the budget, while sewer and trash operations take up about 13.9 percent.
Source: City and County of Honolulu Proposed Operating Budget FY2015 Executive Summary