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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 2:33 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2006

Hannemann unveils budget proposal

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann today unveiled his spending plan for the upcoming year with a record budget of nearly $1.5 billion and a construction budget of $629 million.

By law, Hannemann must submit a balanced budget to the City Council by March 2. This is Hannemann's second year in office and he's expected to propose a "no-frills" budget that focuses on the less glamorous issues of public health and safety, roads, sewers and potholes.

The nine-member City Council has until June 15 to adopt a city budget, which sets out the municipal government's spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Generally, council members have said they understand that the mayor's goals will be modest because they believe he is still playing catch-up to years of postponed spending and maintenance.