Mayor Caldwell reveals $2 billion city budget

$226 million for sewers, infrastructure; $153 for repaving roads

 UPDATED 5:24 PM HST Mar 01, 2013

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell revealed his budget Friday which includes $226 million for sewers and infrastructure and $153 million to repave and preserve roads.

For the first time ever, the city's operating budget tops the $2 billion mark.

According to FY 2014 Operating Resources, the city is getting 42 percent of its revenue from property taxes -- $834.8 million to be exact.

Nearly $300 million is coming from sewer charges.

Caldwell is proposing a 5-cent-per-gallon increase in the fuel tax, which could increase revenue by $15 million.

Although there is no rate increase for real property taxes, revenue is projected to increase by $23 million.

Restoring bus services will be costing the city $3.5 million; and $11.8 million would be set aside for parks improvements.

Mayor Caldwell also said he will work collaboratively with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, stakeholders and governmental agencies to make sure that the rail project complies with all legal requirements, is fiscally responsible, transparent and is responsive to community concerns about the visual impact.  This policy initiative is called "Build Rail Better."

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