Category Archives: Real Property (HRS 246)

HB 125

SUBJECT:  GENERAL EXCISE, REAL PROPERTY, Exempt sex trafficking special treatment facility

BILL NUMBER:  HB 125

INTRODUCED BY:  MIZUNO

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Allows the Department of Human Services to contract with a victim service provider to operate and manage a sex trafficking special treatment facility.  Exempts the proceeds from general excise tax and allows the county to provide exemptions from real property tax and other county fees.  This plan dodges procurement laws and creates marketplace inequality.  In addition, the exemptions provided might not be necessary because if the vendor is a tax-exempt charity, GET and real property tax exemptions would flow from existing law.

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HB 1735, HD-1

SUBJECT:  REAL PROPERTY, Study by DBEDT on Property Tax Rates

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1735, HD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  House Committee on Finance

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  This bill calls for a study on why Hawaii’s property taxes are so low compared to other states, presupposing the low rates to be a bad thing.  The bill proponents may have forgotten that the state doesn’t own the property taxes any more; they have been the province of the counties since the late 1970s.  We question why the state should be spending state taxpayer money on a county matter.

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HB 1735

SUBJECT:  REAL PROPERTY, Study by UHERO on Property Tax Rates

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1735

INTRODUCED BY:  LOWEN, BROWER, ICHIYAMA, ING, JORDAN, KEOHOKALOLE, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, LUKE, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, OHNO, ONISHI, SAIKI, YAMANE, YAMASHITA, Johanson, McKelvey

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  This bill calls for a study on why Hawaii’s property taxes are so low compared to other states, presupposing the low rates to be a bad thing.  The bill proponents may have forgotten that the state doesn’t own the property taxes any more; they have been the province of the counties since the late 1970s.  We question why the state should be spending state taxpayer money on a county matter.

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HB 1524 HD1

SUBJECT:  REAL PROPERTY, Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1524 HD1

INTRODUCED BY:  Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  The proposed program, though touted as an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on property, is complex and will require county participation.  In addition, the State now has a similar program called GEMS that is financed by ratepayers; consideration should be given to fixing this program before moving forward with the proposed one.

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HB 1524

SUBJECT:  REAL PROPERTY, Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

BILL NUMBER:  HB 1524

INTRODUCED BY:  THIELEN

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  The proposed program, though touted as an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on property, is complex and will require county participation.  In addition, the State now has a similar program called GEMS that is financed by ratepayers; consideration should be given to fixing this program before moving forward with the proposed one.

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HB 1293, HD-1

SUBJECT: REAL PROPERTY, Clarify home exemption

INTRODUCED BY: House Committee on Finance

BRIEF SUMMARY: Amends HRS section 246-26 to provide that a taxpayer who does not occupy the real property as a primary home due to a medical condition that renders the taxpayer incapable of occupying the real property shall be entitled to the exemption, unless the taxpayer leases or rents out the real property. Continue reading HB 1293, HD-1

HB 1293

SUBJECT: REAL PROPERTY, Clarify home exemption

INTRODUCED BY: Jordan, Brower, Creagan, Hashem, Yamashita and 4 Democrats

BRIEF SUMMARY: Amends HRS section 246-26 to provide that a taxpayer who does not occupy the real property as a primary home due to a medical condition that renders the taxpayer incapable of occupying the real property shall be entitled to the exemption, unless the taxpayer leases or rents out the real property. Continue reading HB 1293