Council passes bill to tax million-dollar homes at higher rate

Published On: Dec 11 2013 02:31:59 PM HST

HONOLULU -

The Honolulu City Council passed a bill Wednesday allowing properties worth $1 million or more to be taxed at a higher rate.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell proposed the idea and is expected to sign the bill.

Caldwell says the proposal will impact 5,676 properties on Oahu bringing in $10 million.

But, that's not enough to stem a projected $156 million budget deficit in the coming fiscal year.

The Caldwell administration is also looking at increasing fees for certain permits and services, which could raise $500,000 to $1 million in the next fiscal year.

Councilman Stanley Chang is advocating stimulating job  and economic growth which leads to more people working and more taxpayers.

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