Resolution introduced ensuring HART pays for its own outside legal council
A Honolulu City council member wants to make sure the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) pays for its own outside legal counsel.
Council Member Heidi Tsuneyoshi introduced a resolution Friday urging HART to use the $3.7 million it has allocated for legal expenses to pay for counsel related to three federal grand jury subpoenas.
Tsuneyoshi wants to know why the city administration is allocating $50,000 to pay for counsel when the city charter states HART should foot the bill.
"The taxpayers do deserve to know the reasons why we're expending now for outside legal counsel when already the taxpayers are so frustrated with how much the project is going to cost, and we don't have a final numbers on that yet. And now we don't have final numbers on what the legal costs will be associated with this action," Tsuneyoshi said.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office says the city's Department of Corporation Counsel lacks expertise in the area that outside legal counsel is being sought for.
KITV4 has reached out to HART for comment, but has not yet heard back.