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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sale of Big Island public land put on hold


Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has decided against selling 737 acres of public land until market conditions improve.

Kenoi's announcement came Monday, the day his administration canceled a scheduled bid opening.

Various attempts to sell the land this year ended with no bids above the appraised value, the minimum allowed by law.

Kenoi says the county isn't going to give the land away.

The Hawaii County Council gave Kenoi the authority to sell the land as a way of balancing this year's budget. But the administration was able to balance the budget without selling the land.

The land was acquired by the county as part of a 1994 tax settlement with bankrupt Hamakua Sugar Co.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hilohawaiitribune.com