Discussion focuses on Upcountry Maui water system

Published On: Apr 16 2014 01:50:29 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 16 2014 03:53:45 PM HST

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Upcountry Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii -

A Maui County official wants to raise millions of dollars for water system improvements by targeting waterlines, pumps and reservoirs to supply water to drought-plagued Upcountry residents, ranchers and farmers.

The Maui News says Department of Water Supply Director Dave Taylor's plan is to raise annual rates for water consumption by about 6 percent and then continue charging more than $12,000 for a new water meter.  His plan would raise that amount $2,000 each year until it reaches $20,000.

The idea is to raise enough money to pay off debt service for bonds for $30 million to $40 million in water system improvements.

Taylor discussed the concept Tuesday night for the County Council Budget and Finance Committee.

Residents say the cost should be shifted to the county general fund.

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