Kauai Residents’ Property Tax Revolt Case Goes to Hawaii Supreme Court-Power to the People or the Government? Hawaii’s Highest Court Hears Oral Arguements

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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, was a monumental day for Kauai resident Walter Lewis and thousands of property taxpayers in that county who supported a 2004 local charter amendment to limit their property tax increases by a two-thirds affirmative vote.

Lewis and Ohana Kauai, a group he co-founded to get the measure passed, took a legal appeal in County of Kauai ex rel. Nakazawa v. Baptiste to the Hawaii Supreme Court where Robert Thomas, Managing Attorney of Pacific Legal Foundation’s Hawaii Center, offered oral arguments on their behalf.

During the hour-long hearing, Thomas presented to 5 Supreme Court justices his clients

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