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City Mails 2015 Real Property Assessments

December 16, 2014

A Message from the Office of Mayor Kirk Caldwell

The city has prepared the real property assessment notices for 2015, and the total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $200.74 billion to $214.90 billion, an overall increase of 7.1 percent.  New developments, including residential subdivisions, condominiums, commercial and industrial projects, the construction on new buildings and improvements to existing parcels, and increases in the values of properties contributed to the overall increase. 

Residential property gross valuations increased from $162.85 billion to $174.52 billion, or 7.2 percent.  Hotel and resort property values increased 16.4 percent, commercial property values increased 4.8 percent, and industrial property values increased 3.9 percent.  These percentage changes represent broad totals while the change in the assessed value of a particular property could be more or less than the island-wide figures (map here).

The city will send approximately 295,000 real property assessments for 2015 to property owners this week.  The 2015 assessed valuations were set as of October 1, 2014, and are based on sales of similar properties through June 30, 2014.

The assessment notice is not a tax bill, but a statement of what the city has determined to be the property’s value for tax assessment purposes.  This notice includes property assessment information including any exemption which the owner has been granted in accordance with city ordinance.  The standard homeowner’s exemption for an owner-occupied property is $80,000 and increases to $120,000 for homeowners age 65 or older.

The net taxable value is one of two components used to calculate real property taxes for next fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.  The second component is the tax rate.  The tax rate will be set by the City Council during June of 2015 as it finalizes the budget for fiscal year 2016.  The real property tax bill of an individual property is determined by multiplying the net taxable value by the appropriate tax rate and the application of any tax credits.

Property owners who have not received their 2015 Assessment Notice by December 31, 2014, are advised to contact the Real Property Assessment Division at:

Real Property Assessment Division

842 Bethel Street, Basement

Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 768-3799

 

Real Property Assessment Division

1000 Uluohia Street, #206

Kapolei, HI 96707

Phone: 768-3799

Owners who wish to dispute their real property assessment may file appeals from December 15, 2014 to January 15, 2015.  For more information, please call 768-3799 or visit the Real Property Assessment Division’s (RPAD) website at www.realpropertyhonolulu.com and click on the “Assessment Appeals” link.

In an effort to expedite the appeal process and minimize your wait time for a Board of Review hearing date, RPAD is requesting appellants to submit their evidence and supporting documentation with their appeal or shortly thereafter.  If submitting separately from the appeal form, please include your name, Parcel ID (Tax Map Key), year of the appeal, contact information such as phone number, mailing address, or email address, and submit to either office.  During the appeal period of December 15 through January 15, please call the appeal hotline at 768-7000 with any questions.

The RPAD website offers digital services to reduce paper and postage costs while providing more efficient service to the public.  Property owners may register to receive their real property assessment notices via email, pay property taxes electronically, submit a Change of Status form, and file for home exemptions or real property tax appeals.

Please visit www.honolulupropertytax.com to use the RPAD’s online services to search and view additional information regarding tax records, exemptions, and tax billing information.

Questions regarding real property assessments may be directed to the Real Property Assessment Division at 768-3799 or emailed to bfsrpmailbox@honolulu.gov.

Run for a Seat on Your 2015 Neighborhood Board!

December 3, 2014

Honolulu State Seal

Beginning yesterday, O‘ahu residents can file to run for a seat on their Neighborhood Board.

Candidates may apply online at here. Registration forms are also available at the City and County of Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office, Honolulu Hale, room 406, or by calling (808) 768-3717.  The deadline to apply is February 20, 2015.

“Serving on your Neighborhood Board presents the opportunity to create real change in your community, build a legacy, and network with other leaders,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “No one knows a neighborhood better than the people who live in it. I was honored to serve on both the Manoa and Kaimuki Neighborhood Boards.”

Candidacy is open to O‘ahu residents who will be at least 18 years of age by February 20, 2015. Mailed forms must be postmarked by February 20 and received by February 27, 2015. This is also the deadline to for residents to register to vote in the Neighborhood Board elections.

Residents who voted in the 2014 primary or general elections are automatically registered to vote in the 2015 Neighborhood Board elections. Other residents may register by submitting a Neighborhood Board voter registration form. The form is posted online at www.honolulu.gov/nco and is available through the NCO. Voting begins April 21, 2015 and ends May 15, 2015. Elected board members serve a two year term, starting in July of 2015.

The Neighborhood Board System is the only government sponsored civic engagement system in the State of Hawai‘i. While they are advisory, board activities may include study and review of capital improvement projects and zoning concerns. They may also conduct educational programs on governmental decision making processes and establish community goals, objectives, and priorities.

Update on Protected Bike Lane and parking on King Street

November 25, 2014

cycle track

HONOLULU – Installation of the King Street Protected Bike Lane on the left (mauka) side of King Street from Alapai Street to Isenberg Street is nearing completion.  Mayor Caldwell will lead a grand opening celebration ride on Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m.

Beginning this Monday, November 24, on-street parking will open between Alapai Street and Pensacola Street in marked stalls adjacent to the protected bike lane.  Meters are located on the curb and users of the on-street parking stalls are expected to pay for parking during posted times.*  Parking on King Street is prohibited (tow-away zone) during the evening rush hours of 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Motorists driving on King Street should note that beginning Monday, cars will be parked next to the protected bike lane (except during evening rush hour) and motorists should merge one lane to the right well in advance of the parked cars.

Motorists are reminded that they should never drive or park on the King Street Protected Bike Lane.

Motorists turning left off of King Street should turn from the lane next to the protected bike lane.

Green paint signifies potential conflict zones, such as driveways and street intersections. Green paint is a reminder to motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike that they must slow down, exercise caution, and safely merge in that area.

For more information, please visit the city’s King Street Protected Bike Lane webpage at: http://www.honolulu.gov/bicycle/kingcycletrack

*Persons with disabilities displaying a placard are permitted to park for 2 ½ hours free. 

Oahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone Map Workshops

November 17, 2014

O‘ahu residents are invited to attend a series of free public information outreach workshops for a preview of new Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps. These maps represent an unlikely worst-case scenario and do not replace the current, standard tsunami evacuation maps. Rather, they add a second evacuation zone for an Extreme Tsunami event (Magnitude 9+ earthquake and tsunami).

(DRAFT MAPS can be viewed here.
Newly released scientific and geological information suggests that sometime in the past 500 years, a massive 9.0 earthquake in the eastern Aleutian Trench may have generated a tsunami that far exceeded the inundations known to have occurred during tsunami events throughout recorded history in Hawaii. An event of this magnitude, referred to as an Extreme Tsunami has a low probability but high impact.

In response to these findings, the city, in conjunction with state, federal, and non-government stakeholders, have developed a new set of O‘ahu Extreme Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps, refuge areas, and evacuation routes to complement the current tsunami evacuation maps.

Seventeen outreach workshops will be held in coastal communities around O‘ahu this month and next. Each workshop is designed specifically for that particular community.

Representatives from the city’s Department of Emergency Management will be on hand to present the new maps, discuss the implications for Oahu residents, and answer questions.

ʻĀina Haina Community Park
827 West Hind Dr, Honolulu, HI 96821 11/17/2014 7 p.m.

Mission Memorial
Hearing Room
550 S. King St, Honolulu, HI 96813 11/18/2014 8:30 a.m.

Hawai‘i Pacific University
Frear Center Rm FC-107 (Ft. Street Mall entrance)
1132 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813 11/18/2014 8:30 a.m.

‘Aiea Public Library
99-374 Pohai Pl, Aiea, HI 96701 11/19/2014 7 p.m.

Waikīkī Elementary School
3710 Leahi Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 11/24/2014 7 p.m.

Hawaiʻi Kai Public Library
249 Lunalilo Home Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825 11/25/2014 7 p.m.

Kapolei Hale
Conf Rm A & B
1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St, Kapolei, HI 96707 12/1/2014 7 p.m.

Kailua District Park
21 S. Kainalu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734 12/2/2014 7 p.m.

Kāneʻohe District Park
45-660 Keaahala Rd, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744 12/8/2014 7 p.m.

‘Ewa Mahikō District Park
91-1145 Renton Rd, ‘Ewa Beach, HI 96706 12/9/2014 7 p.m.

Waialua District Park
67-180 Goodale Ave, Waialua, HI 96791 12/10/2014 7 p.m.

Waimānalo District Park
41-415 Hihimanu St, Waimānalo, HI 96795 12/11/2014 7 p.m.

Sunset Beach Recreation Center
59-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 12/12/2014 7 p.m.

Ka‘awa Elementary School
51-296 Kamehameha Hwy, Ka‘awa, HI 96730 12/15/2014 7 p.m.

Wai‘anae District Park
85-601 Farrington Hwy, Wai‘anae, HI 96792 12/16/2014 7 p.m.

Nānākuli Beach Park
89-269 Farrington Hwy, Wai‘anae, Hawai’i 96792 12/17/2014 7 p.m.

BYU-Hawai‘i
Little Theater at McKay Bldg
55-220 Kulanui St, Laie, HI 96762 12/18/2014 7 p.m.

Language interpretation and disability assistance will be provided by request. Please contact the department by phone at 808-723-8960 or via email at jcummings@honolulu.gov at least three days prior to the outreach workshop that you would like to attend so that we may accommodate your needs.

City $$$ Can Help

November 12, 2014

Qualified nonprofit organizations seeking grants available through the city’s Grants in Aid (GIA) program can submit proposals effective November 10 through December 12, 2014.  

 The Charter-mandated GIA fund administered by the Department of Community Services (DCS) was established to serve economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations, or provide services for public benefit in the areas of arts, culture, economic development, or the environment.

 “Under a voter-passed initiative, the city spends a half of one percent of the general fund on grants for worthy non-profits, so I urge all non-profit organizations serving our community to apply,” said Mayor Caldwell. “The GIA commission will carefully vet and evaluate all of the grant proposals to ensure they are a sound use of taxpayer funds, and score them based on a number of predetermined factors. This process removes any political favoritism in the awarding of the funds. Last year the grants totaled over $5 million dollars and they are already helping service providers across the island.”

 Information about requests for grant proposals is available online.  The documents are easiest to download with Internet Explorer and Safari.  Should you require further assistance, please contact the Division of Purchasing Help Desk at 768-5535.

 All agencies must submit their sealed proposals to the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services Office of the Division of Purchasing by 2 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Friday, December 12, 2014, as evidenced by a date and time stamp from the Division of Purchasing.  The Division of Purchasing is located at Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street, Room 115, Honolulu, HI 96813.  

 ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND

 The city is mandated by the Charter Amendment to set aside one-half of one percent of general funds for GIA for the following two categories:

 Public Services

 Funds in this category are used to support qualified public services and programs for target populations deemed by the city to be most vulnerable including (but not limited to) seniors, persons with disabilities, children, victims of domestic violence, homeless persons, and those suffering from the effects of substance abuse or mental health ailments.

 Arts, Culture, and Community / Economic Development and the Environment

 Funds in this category are used to support sustainable improvement in the well-being and quality of life within local communities, especially those in low- to moderate-income areas. Projects may include (but are not limited to) the creation, development and empowerment of community-based organizations. They may involve planning, organizational support, and technical assistance; supporting financial literacy programs and services; supporting micro-enterprise and business training; and supporting programs that promote cultural or environmental enhancement, protection, or awareness.

The Royal Hawaiian Band

November 5, 2014

The Royal Hawaiian Band has entertained audiences in Hawai‘i and around the world for over 175 years. The “King’s Band,” as it was once known, was founded by King Kamehameha III and became a staple of daily life by performing for state occasions, funerals, and marching in parades.

Today, the Royal Hawaiian Band is an agency of the City and County of Honolulu and is the only full-time municipal band in the United States. The band performs and marches in over 300 concerts and parades each year including: city, state, and military functions; schools, community centers, shopping malls, retirement communities, graduations, and private events. Weekly public performances are held on Fridays at ‘Iolani Palace and Sundays at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand.

The mission of the Royal Hawaiian Band is to promote and foster music, to preserve the Hawaiian musical culture, inspire young musicians, and ultimately enrich the lives of the people of Hawai‘i.

For more information or to check out the calendar of events, visit their website.

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29th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest

November 3, 2014

wreath

The City and County of Honolulu presents the 29th Annual Holiday Wreath Contest: Enchanted Forest.  Enter to win ribbon and monetary awards and have your work displayed for thousands of Honolulu Hale visitors throughout the holiday season. All qualifying entries will be hung in the John C. Lane Gallery at Honolulu Hale where they will be seen by thousands of visitors during the holiday season!

ELIGIBILITY

- This contest is open to any individual or group residing on Oahu. Entrants may submit more than one wreath. Each wreath can be entered in only one category.

CONTEST CATEGORIES

- ADULT WREATH CATEGORY • open to any individual or group with participants aged 18 years or older.

- YOUTH WREATH CATEGORY • open to any individual or group with participants aged 17 years or younger.

- THEME CATEGORY “Enchanted Forest” • open to any individual or group.

AWARDS

- One wreath will be selected as the best in the show and receive the Mayor’s Holly Award consisting of a ribbon and a monetary award of $200.

- First, second, and third place winners in the three categories will receive a ribbon and a monetary award of $150, $100, or $75.

- Two wreaths from each category will be selected to receive the Judges’ Choice Award consisting of a ribbon and a monetary award of $25.

- Each entrant, individual or group, may win only one award.

JUDGING CRITERIA

- Judging will be based on workmanship, creativity, and use of materials. Wreaths in the theme category will be judged on the entrant’s incorporation of the theme into the wreath.

For more information call (808)768-6622 or download the application form at

http://www1.honolulu.gov/moca/wreathcontest2014.pdf