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Centenarians Could Be Exempt From City Fees Under Proposed Council Bill

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Wayne Yoshioka
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A bill going through the Honolulu City Council would provide some new benefits for residents aged 100 years and older.

Honolulu City Council Bill 26, introduced by Councilmember Radiant Cordero, would exempt resident centenarians from certain city fees.

The proposed legislation says centenarians would be exempt from paying for TheBus, the HandiVan and future rail fares. They also would not have to pay for admission to
city park facilities, the Honolulu Zoo and Foster Botanical Garden—nor would they have to pay for municipal golf courses and golf cart rentals.

To qualify for the exemptions, those aged 100 years and older would have to carry a centenarian medallion, which the city’s department of transportation services will administer through the Holo card.

Census data from 2010 estimated 300 centenarians live across the state.

To qualify for the medallion, centenarians would have to prove their residence in Honolulu for at least five years prior.

Bill 26 passed through the budget committee with amendments Wednesday and now goes for a second reading before the full city council.

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