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ThinkTech Hawaii: Will Honolulu Hike Taxes Again (Hawaii Together)

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New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council. The host for this show is Keli’i Akina. The guest is Tom Yamachika.

The Honolulu City Council is considering adding a new tier to its property tax structure, bringing into question whether “taxing the rich” is a good policy to pursue. At the same time, the county will decide whether to adopt a newly allowed county-level transient accommodations tax, of up to 3 percentage points above the existing 10.25% state TAT. Will it go for the entire 3 percentage points? And should the over-budget and behind-schedule Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues?

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