Kim Calls For More Hawaiʻi County Police Positions In Latest Budget Plan

Mar 4, 2019

Big Island Mayor Harry Kimʻs latest budget proposal calls for 35 additional police department positions.
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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim last Friday submitted his proposed budget of nearly $574 million for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. 

Kim’s proposed budget is more than $55 million or nearly 11 percent larger than the current budget. Kim attributes nearly half the increase, or $26 million, to employee salaries and benefits plus the addition of 35 new employees for Hawaiʻi County police. 

The budget is a first cut.  The Hawaiʻi County Council will now do its analysis, and has scheduled  departmental budget reviews for April.      

The final budget must be approved no later than June 30th.