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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hawaii County Council considering impact fees

Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii — A new report says Hawaii County has collected only $8 million of the $108 million developers have pledged for infrastructure under a “Fair Share” contribution system.

The report by engineer Bob Hunter also says the county would have taken in about $60 million if it had instead collected impact fees on building permits.
Councilwoman Brenda Ford said Tuesday that she was “disgusted” by the report that points out the inequalities of Fair Share.
Councilman Pete Hoffmann says Fair Share doesn’t meet the needs of the county and unfairly penalizes taxpayers. He is working on a bill to add an impact fee.
Hunter says Hamakua, North Hilo, Puna, Kau and South Kona receive no benefit from the Fair Share system, but they would benefit from an impact fee system.
Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com