LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.’s proposed budget deals with more of the same as last year — focusing on basics amid shrinking revenues and rising expenses, he said in his State of the County address.
Carvalho detailed his proposed $180.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year Monday.
The cost of government has gone up in the past year. Carvalho said one of the contributing factors was collective-bargaining costs that account for a $3.3 million increase during the current fiscal year.
Those costs will also include another $4 million in pay raises for the county’s full-time employees during the 2015 fiscal year that begins July 1. The raises are the first ones received by employees from two of four county employee unions since 2008, Carvalho said.
The budget process goes before the Kauai County Council on March 27.