LĪHU‘E – Council Chair Jay Furfaro joined Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. today as the mayor signed the FY14 budget ordinance into law. The two were joined by their respective budget teams for the occasion.
“The collaboration between administration and council during the budget process this year was unprecedented,” stated the mayor. “We’ve been in discussions since last fall, and that made a huge difference during the six weeks of intense budget discussions that began in late March and resulted in a prudent and responsible budget for next year.”
“We’re pleased to participate in the signing. It’s a true testament to the effort put forth by the administration and the council, and it emphasizes the collaboration that we committed to this budget session,” said Chair Furfaro. “The council, the administration and their respective staff members worked tirelessly to develop a budget that was fiscally responsible, realistic and addressed the needs of our island community. Mahalo also to the department heads, deputies, division heads and valuable county employees who worked diligently to answer the council’s many questions.”
The operating budget of $159 million represents a reduction of roughly 3.5% from the current fiscal year. The capital improvements (CIP) budget of $49.9 million for FY14 represents a 22% reduction from the current year.
“Even with significant reductions our commitment is to insure that service to the public remains at the highest possible level,” said the Mayor. “And we are committed to improving conditions in our parks and public places, as I detailed in my State of the County address.”
The FY14 operating and CIP budgets can be found on the County’s website, in the “What’s New” section of the homepage or at this link:www.kauai.gov/finance/reports.