Tomorrow (April 5th), the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee will be meeting at 9am to discuss, among other things, a proposed amendment from Council Chair Ernie Martin that would add to the city’s budget $3.84 million that would be used to reimburse the federal government for section 8 fees that were used to buy the ‘Aiea Sugar Mill property back in the early 200s.
By reimbursing the federal government, it would allow the site to be developed with a wider range of uses, some of which may include senior housing or rehabilitation services, a community recreation center, and other related uses that would serve the ‘Aiea community’s best interests.
We encourage you to please take some time to submit written testimony in support of this amendment. All you have to do is follow this link and fill out the form to express your support. Under the field that reads, “Council/PH Committee,” select budget; under “meeting date,” select April 5, 2016; and under bill item, type, “Bill 14.” For the testimony itself, you can use a format similar to below:
To: Budget Committee Chair Ann H. Kobayashi & Committee Members
Date: April 5, 2016
Re: Bill 14-Chair Martin’s proposed $3,840,000 amendment for the reimbursement of the purchase of Aiea Sugar Mill
I support Chair Martin’s proposed $3,840,000 amendment to Bill 14 for the reimbursement of the purchase of Aiea Sugar Mill to allow for expanded public purpose and uses. (Please state your personal reasons)
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in favor of this amendment to Bill 14.
(Phone number [optional])
If you would like to attend the budget committee meeting in person, the meeting agenda can be downloaded here. Please follow the instructions on the agenda to register as a speaker before 9am tomorrow.
Thank you very much to City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga, who has been working closely with the ‘Aiea Community Association, the City & County of Honolulu, and the federal government to help navigate us thus far!