Hawaii Island News, afternoon update, 15 Jan 2019

Welcome to the afternoon edition of “Hawaii News Digest”–Hawaii Island News.  Views expressed in this Hawaii News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Topics in this post are from today’s issue of “Hawaii Business Magazine.”

Accessed on 15 January 2019, 2047 UTC, Post 18269.



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County Council to consider increasing, extending general excise tax
Mayor Harry Kim is asking the County Council to consider raising the general excise tax. After first rejecting the tax, the County Council last year passed a half-size measure, reducing the half-cent surcharge to one-quarter cent and shortening the duration to Dec. 31, 2020, rather than the Dec. 31, 2030, end date allowed by the Legislature. Collection of the tax began Jan. 1. West Hawaii Today.

Irwin recommended to be next UH-Hilo chancellor
Bonnie Irwin, the current provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University Monterey Bay, was recommended for approval by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents as the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s next chancellor. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

Eruption a factor in decrease of Big Isle home sales in 2018
Although the first half of 2018 saw home sales rising from the previous year, particularly in Puna, the year ended with 6 percent fewer home sales on the island than in 2017. According to MLS sales data, 2,331 home sales were made on the island in 2018, 166 fewer than were made in 2017. Of those sales, 855 were made in Puna, which also was 6 percent, or 62, fewer than the previous year. Tribune-Herald. 

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Russ Roberts