Kawakami Outlines First 100 Days in Office

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Mayor Derek Kawakami outlined his first 100 days in office and talked about the County’s fiscal year 2020 budget priorities during his inaugural State of the County Address in Lihu`e on Thursday. Kawakami told an audience of about 150 people that the island is at a “crossroads” with a growing population, overused infrastructure, and crowded roads. He noted that the fiscal year 2020 budget is balanced without a proposed increase in Real Property Tax rates and user fees, and keeps a minimum Reserve Fund of 30 percent of the prior year’s General Fund Revenues, as proposed in the County’s Long-Term Financial Plan. Kawakami said his goal is “to invest every dollar toward bettering the quality of life” for island residents, a “top-notch level of service” to customers, and ensuring a “world-class experience” for visitors. During his first 100 days in office, Mayor Kawakami’s administration conducted a housing summit last month, asked the County Council to conduct performance audits, and addressed the number one complaint voiced by customers who wait in line to pay for their motor vehicle registrations – by adding seats and a take a number machine.

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