Friday was the deadline for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's to present his budget to the City Council.
It includes a 6.5 percent increase over last year, but Caldwell says he's paying for promises he made on the campaign trail, even if those promises aren't cheap.
"It's not the sexiest thing to work on but it's the very reason I ran for the job," said Caldwell.
It could be his toughest sell: a 5-cent increase in the gas tax.
But Caldwell said improving the roads we drive on, the parks we play in, and the services we need every day are his biggest priorities.
"Otherwise we're dooming a generation of people who live on this island to live in a declining level of infrastructure. I don't think we want that," he said.
It's a 2.09 billion budget with five priorities:
-$226 million for solid waste and waste water projects.
-$153 million to repave and restore roads, $50 million more than last year.
-$17.7 million to improve parks and its facilities.