Taxpayers likely to help pay for rail if project continues
Many residents KITV spoke with say they just want to see the rail completed already.But aren't happy that the city may increase property taxes to now finish the task.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - If the rail project continues, Hawaii taxpayers may be left to pick-up the tab, and that's not likely to go over well.
Many residents KITV spoke with say they just want to see the rail completed already, but aren't happy about talk that the city may have to increase property-tax to finish it.
"You know at the beginning, we thought that things was all fine and dandy and eight years later, they still trying to find money," Kapolei resident, Lopaka Meacham said. "I don't see a bright future.. I don't."
The end of the 2017 Legislative Session, on Thursday, left many questioning, "What's Next?"
This comes after the House and Senate failed to reach an agreement to either extend the general excise tax surcharge, or increase hotel-room-tax to finish the biggest public-works project in Hawaii's history.
"It's halfway up.. you can't take it down now.. just get it done with," homeowner, Richard Macugay said about the rail.
Macugay lives in Ewa Beach, where the 20-miles of planned rail-tracks aren't going.
If property taxes are increased, he says that would be unfair, especially, to those like him who don't plan on taking the train.
"I think they should extend the five percent and not put it on the homeowners," Macugay said. "I'm not going to use it."
Some say they are hoping the city will look for other ways to fund the final four miles to Ala Moana Shopping Center.
"It's unfortunate that our city government isn't able to decide on that on something that is suppose to support the community," Erica Pobre, Makakilo resident said.
Most residents we talked to are taking a "wait and see" approach waiting on future decisions, and if a special session will be called.
"All we can do is take care our families, continue to work hard and all that good stuff, but as far as taxes I hope they don't take more out of it," Meacham added.