Bill 31 (2022): Not best choice for expanding property tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council Committee on Budget on April 4, 2023.

April 4, 2023
9 a.m.
Honolulu City Council Chambers

To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget
      Councilmember Radiant Cordero, Chair
      Councilmember Matt Weyer, Vice Chair

From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii
           Ted Kefalas, Director of Strategic Campaigns 


Comments Only

Dear Chair and Committee Members:

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on Bill 31 (2022), which would expand eligibility for the real property tax credit. 

We support increasing the eligibility of the tax credit, but the bill itself, if enacted, likely would be more difficult to administer than either Bills 37 or 38, since the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services would need to verify the number of individuals in each applicant’s household.

Bill 37 uses a fixed dollar figure income limit to determine eligibility, and Bill 38 uses a two-person household area median income figure for all households.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. Sincerely, 

Ted Kefalas
Director of Strategic Campaigns
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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