Monday, July 11, Gov. Linda Lingle announced that she would not veto HB 1309 and let it become law because it promoted county “home rule” and because the Speaker and the President of the Senate had agreed to change the law and require the City to do the tax collection. OK, I understand the reasoning and the deal made.

However, for the record, the public now needs to understand exactly where the governor stands on increasing taxes.

City & County Bill 40 proposes an increase of half of one percent as a surcharge to the current 4 percent general excise tax. At the meeting of the City Council on Aug. 10 the decision to approve or deny this increase will be made. Bill 40 does not present any transit plan; just a tax increase. The transit plan comes much later so support or opposition to Bill 40 is clearly support or opposition to the tax only.

The governor has announced that she is very much in favor of tax cuts. Now, for the record, the question about tax increases needs to be answered.

GOVERNOR LINGLE, DO YOU SUPPORT THE TAX INCREASE PROPOSED BY THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU IN PENDING BILL 40?

”’Paul E. Smith, a resident of Honolulu, can be reached via email at”’ mailto:peseps@aol.com

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