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President's Message | March 2018

February was another busy month for the Hawai‘i Island Chamber. With the legislature in session we had a number of bills to review, some to ask our members to comment on and some to write formal testimony on behalf of the Chamber.

In this respect we all remember the story of the High School teacher who graded simply on the physical weight of the report submitted. This story may or may not be true – but one thing we know is that the more testimony for a bill, the more likely our legislators are to vote to pass it. When we ask you to consider testifying – done easily on line – please read the bill and submit testimony if you are able to. Your individual testimony makes a big difference.

As you may recall, we submitted a Viewpoint to the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald and to West Hawai‘i Today publications asking the County Administration to carefully review their operations looking for efficiencies so that taxes would not have to be increased. Many in the community made similar requests that taxes not be simply added because the legislature had given the County an opportunity to do so through the GET.

At the moment, the County Council appears to have heard and agreed resulting in a delay in final vote on the GET. Note, that our testimony was not aimed at any particular tax but to the size of the – now ever growing – budget itself. In separate meetings with County leadership (and let me say that we greatly appreciate that they took the time and made the effort to meet with us) we continued to stress the need we see to analyze operations for efficiencies.

Beyond efficiencies, there is the question of whether some services added over time are really appropriate for the County or have outlived their usefulness to the community. Finally, there is always the question of priority of given services or operations. We all face these issues in our daily lives and in our businesses. No organization really is immune from the need to look carefully at all that they do.

On other notes, we do like to point out that social events that the Chamber sponsors are excellent opportunities to mix with others doing business in town and to see how some of our neighbors do their business, where they do it and what services they offer. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that Business After Hours and other events provide to you individuals and as businesses.

March 2018 Chamber Connection Newsletter