Mayor Signs Bills to Increase Vehicle Taxes, Bus Fares, Parking Meter Fees and Zoo Admissions

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell recently signed the following bills into law. The bills have become County Ordinances. Several increase the cost of service to taxpayers via higher fees, admission fares and taxes.

Motor vehicle owners will be the hardest hit with increased vehicle weight taxes and increased parking meter fees to pay for the more than $10 billion rail project.

For several years now the city has targeted motor vehicle owners and operators with higher taxes, parking fees, less parking spaces, lousy roads and more to entice drivers to get out of their cars and use TheBus and other methods of public transport.

Bus fares and passes are increasing.

The Honolulu Zoo admission fee and public golf course green fees are being increased. The city is also issuing bonds to pay for the highly troubled and over-expensive ($10 billion and counting) rail project.

Below is a list of the newly signed ordinances with links to the documents themselves (PDF).

2017 Ordinances

ORD17-021  CITY PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

ORD17-022  HOUSING CODE

ORD17-023  ADMISSION FEES FOR THE HONOLULU ZOO

ORD17-024  MOTOR VEHICLE WEIGHT TAX

New Parking Meter in Honolulu

ORD17-025  PARKING METERS

ORD17-026  AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU IN A MAXIMUM PRINCIPAL AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AGGREGATE OF THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED IN THE CAPITAL BUDGET ORDINANCE OF SAID CITY AND COUNTY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018, AND SPECIFIED IN SAID ORDINANCE TO BE FINANCED FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF SUCH BONDS AND TO BE EXPENDED FROM THE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT BOND FUND, THE HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT BOND FUND, SOLID WASTE IMPROVEMENT BOND FUND, OR THE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SPECIAL FUND

ORD17-027  PUBLIC TRANSIT

ORD17-028  EROSION, SEDIMENT, AND POLLUTION CONTROL

ORD17-029  FEES FOR USE OF MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES

ORD17-030  INCENTIVES FOR ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS PRODUCTION

ORD17-031  LEGISLATIVE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

ORD17-032  EXECUTIVE OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

ORD17-033  EXECUTIVE CAPITAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

ORD17-034  HART OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

ORD17-035  HART CAPITAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2018

ORD17-036  AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU IN A MAXIMUM PRINCIPAL AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AGGREGATE OF THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL BUDGET PROJECTS IN THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION CAPITAL BUDGET AND PROGRAM ORDINANCE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018, AND SPECIFIED IN SAID ORDINANCE TO BE FINANCED FROM THE PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF SUCH BONDS AND TO BE EXPENDED FROM THE TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT BOND FUND.

The Bus
It will cost more money to ride The Bus starting on January 1, 2018.