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�MtY os p.' <br /> COUNTY OF HAWAII -•f. =-' 4_•) STATE OF HAWAII <br /> BILL NO. 159 <br /> (DRAFT 2) <br /> ORDINANCE NO. 18 74 <br /> AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2 OF THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983 <br /> (2016 EDITION,AS AMENDED) BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE RELATING TO <br /> TRANSPORTATION SURCHARGE AND CREATING THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX <br /> FUND. <br /> BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII: <br /> SECTION 1. PURPOSE. ualit public transportation systems, including Q Yp Y � gpublic <br /> roadways or highways, buses, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian paths, mass transit and paratransit <br /> services, are essential to a vigorous economy and a healthy, prosperous population. Access to <br /> transportation provides the greatest benefits to those with the fewest transportation options. <br /> Mobility is a critical link to opportunity. It connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, <br /> health care and more. The funds provided by implementing a transportation surcharge allow the <br /> County to address transportation improvements, including those identified in the recent audit, for <br /> mass transit, a backlog of critical road projects and pedestrian and bikeway expansion. <br /> The general excise tax surcharge represents an additional source of revenue for Hawai`i <br /> County, including direct contributions from the visitor population. The limited sources of <br /> revenue currently at the County's disposal create a vulnerability and dependence on property <br /> values, which can be volatile, as shown by recent volcanic events. <br /> The purpose of the ordinance is to establish the Transportation Surcharge as authorized <br /> by Sections 46-16.8, 237-8.6, 238-2.6 and 248-2.6 (d) Hawai`i Revised Statutes, as amended. <br /> SECTION 2. Chapter 2 of the Hawaii County Code 1983 (2016 Edition) is amended <br /> by adding a new article to read as follows: <br />