Kauai County, Hawaii

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Kaua`i County is a county in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It consists of the islands of Kaua`i, Niihau, Lehua and Kaula. According to the 2010 Census, Kaua`i County has a population of 67,091.[1] The county seat is Lihue.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Hawaii county websites

Last rated on Jan. 3, 2013

The good

  • Budgets
    • Budgets and audits are available.[2]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas, schedule and minutes are available, along with online broadcast.[3]
  • Elected officials
    • Contact information is provided for elected officials.[3]
  • Administrative officials
    • Information for county administrative officials is available.[4]
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is available, including information on filing appraisal repeals.[5]
  • Contracts
    • Contracts are available.[6]
  • Public records
    • There is a public document search engine.[7]
    • Contact information is provided for the public information officer, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[8]
    • A fee schedule and how to request open records request is also available.
  • Lobbying

The bad

  • None

Budget

The Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget totals $159,363,531.[9]

The Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget totals $49,935,341. [10]

The Fiscal Year 2015 Operating Budget totals $179,241,126. [11]

The Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget totals $32,176,834. [12]

Public employees

Elected Officials

Kauaʻi County has a mayor-council form of municipal government. Executive authority is vested in the Mayor of Kauaʻi, elected by the voters on a nonpartisan basis to a four-year term. Legislative authority is vested in the seven-member County Council. All members of the County Council are elected on a nonpartisan, at-large basis to two-year terms.

First Last Position Government entity E-mail Phone
Jay Furfaro Council Chair County of Kauai jfurfaro@kauai.gov (808) 241-4093
Mason K. Chock, Sr. Council Vice Chair County of Kauai mchock@kauai.gov (808) 241-4098
Tim Bynum Councilmember County of Kauai tbynum@kauai.gov (808) 241-4097
Gary L. Hooser Councilmember County of Kauai ghooser@kauai.gov (808) 241-4096
Ross Kagawa Councilmember County of Kauai rkagawa@kauai.gov (808) 241-4094
Mel Rapozo Councilmember County of Kauai mfrapozo@kauai.gov (808) 241-4095
JoAnn A. Yukimura Councilmember County of Kauai jyukimura@kauai.gov (808) 241-4092

Administrative Officials

Salaries

See also: Hawaii government salaries

Pensions

See also: Hawaii public pensions


Emergency personnel

Fire Department

Eight fire stations are located in Hanalei, Kapaa, Kaiakea, Lihue, Koloa, Kalaheo, Hanapepe and Waimea.[13]

Police Department

Darryl D. Perry serves as the current Chief of Police for the Kaua`i Police Department.[14] For administrative purposes, there exists the Kaua`i Police Commission. It consists of 7 at-large members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Council to staggered 3-year terms. The Commission holds regular public meetings at a designated time and place. The Kaua`i Police Commission appoints and can remove the Chief of Police and reviews the annual budget.

Current Members[15]

Charles C.C. Iona Chair
Alfredo Nebre, Jr. Vice Chair
Randall Francisco Commission Member
Mary K. Hertog Commission Member
Ernest L. Kanekoa, Jr. Commission Member
James O'Connor Commission Member
Donald K. Okami, Sr. Commission Member

Lobbying

See also: Hawaii government sector lobbying


In 2014, the County of Kauai reported $53,000 spent on lobbying at the Federal level to Smith Dawson & Andrews, Inc.[16]

In 2013, the County of Kauai reported $55,000 spent on lobbying at the Federal level to Smith Dawson & Andrews, Inc.[17]

In 2010, the County of Kauai reported $60,000 spent on lobbying to the Ferguson Group[18]

Information on the County's State and Federal lobbying efforts and membership with State, Regional and National Associations that may lobby on their behalf is posted on the County's website.

Transparency & public records

Information on requesting public records and the fees associated with the requests are available on the County's website.[19]

Taxes

As part of the budget-making process every year, the County Council sets the tax rates. The tax rates are set separately for each class of property. The classes are: Residential, Vacation Rental, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Conservation, Hotel & Resort and Homestead. Other than Homestead, the classes are based on the property’s highest and best use, which is usually the same as the zoning. The Homestead class is made of properties which are used only as the owner’s principle residence, no matter what the zoning is. Owner-occupied farms are also included in the Homestead class.[20]


The tax rate is the amount of taxes on the property for each $1,000 of net taxable value.

Type Single Value Rate (FY 2014) Single Value Rate (FY 2015)
Homestead $3.05 $3.05
Residential $5.75 $6.05
Vacation Rental $8.00 $8.85
Commercial $8.00 $8.10
Industrial $8.00 $8.10
Agricultural $6.75 $6.75
Conservation $6.75 $6.75
Hotel & Resort $9.00 $10.85

External links

References

  1. US Census Bureau Quickfacts Kaua'i County
  2. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Finance Reports," accessed February 25, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Kauai County Council 2012-2014," accessed February 25, 2014
  4. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Kaua`i County Departments & Offices," accessed February 25, 2014
  5. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Real Property Assessment," accessed February 25, 2014
  6. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Solicitations, Addenda, and Other Notices," accessed February 25, 2014
  7. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Public Documents Search Engine," accessed February 25, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Accessing a Government Record," accessed February 25, 2014
  9. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed June 12, 2014
  10. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed June 12, 2014
  11. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed June 12, 2014
  12. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed June 12, 2014
  13. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "The County of Kaua'i Fire Department," accessed February 25, 2014
  14. Kaua'i Police Department: "Home," accessed February 25, 2014
  15. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Police Commission Information," accessed February 25, 2014
  16. "Kauai County, HI," accessed June 12, 2014
  17. : "Kauai County, HI," accessed June 12, 2014
  18. Open Secrets: "Kauai County, HI," accessed February 25, 2014
  19. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Transparency Initiatives," accessed June 12, 2014
  20. County of Kaua'i State of Hawai'i: "Tax Rates," accessed February 25, 2014