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  • Saturday, April 03, 2021 7:55 AM | Jen Russo (Administrator)

    Mayor Victorino has announced his FY2022 budget. The proposed budget totals $828.9 million, including $669.6 million for operations and $159.3 million in capital improvement projects. There is a decrease in projected operation costs by $13.2 million over FY 2021. 


    The Mayor has proposed a decrease in the real property tax rate for owner-occupied residences below $1.5 million of assessed value and a decrease in all tiers of short-term rental classifications. 


    Short term classification details on the proposed rates:


    STR Class

    Assessed Value Tiers

    FY21 Rate

    FY22 Proposed Rate

    Change

    <=$800,000 

    $11.08

    $10.70

    ($0.38)     -3.4%

    $800,001 - $1,500,000

    $11.08

    $10.85

    ($0.23)     -2.1%

    >$1,500,000

    $11.08

    $11.00

    ($0.08)     -0.7%



    The proposed Commercialized residential classification rate is $4.60, no change from FY21.


    Mayor Victorino is also proposing spending $1 million to implement climate action projects and programs for Maui County departments. 


    “We must take action on climate change,” he said. “To manage this effort, my office will coordinate climate action to ensure the County’s resiliency.”


    To promote cultural perpetuation, the mayor is proposing grant funding for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Maui Film Festival and support for a Cultural Resource Training enter to perpetuate traditional Hawaiian research and education.


    “Investing in arts, culture and recreational facilities yields a double return on investment by generating economic activity while contributing to our quality of life,” the mayor remarked.


    “I look forward to working with the Council during the upcoming budget process. We share the same desire to ensure the needs of our citizens are met, now and in the future. Our partnership will lead Maui County of recent dark days into a brighter tomorrow,” concluded Mayor Victorino.

    Throughout the month of April, the County Council’s Budget and Finance committee will review the Mayor’s proposed budget and in late April will make their own proposal for Real property tax rates. We will keep you informed when it would be appropriate to send in testimony concerning tax rates, later this month.

    https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/126246/FY-2022-Synopsis_Mayors-Proposed


  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2:59 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    By Jason A. Economou, Government Affairs, Realtor Association of Maui (RAM)

            I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately regarding recent changes to the Maui County Code that impact real property taxes, so I thought it prudent to try and explain what these changes mean. In order to do that properly, I need to start by providing some context.

            On December 4, 2020, the Maui County Council passed a number of bills that made changes to the County’s real property tax system. Among these bills were Bill 129 (2020) and Bill 130 (2020), which have been the cause of many recent questions. Both of these bills passed the County Council unanimously, but both were opposed by RAM. Bill 130 took effect immediately upon approval, and will impact property owners during the 2021/2022 tax year. Bill 129, on the other hand, does not take effect until January 1, 2022, but it is already raising a lot of concerns for the 2022/2023 tax year. For the sake of clarity, I will address these bills one at a time.

            First, I want to address Bill 130, because Bill 130 is the more immediate issue. Bill 130 (which is also known as Ordinance No. 5160) makes changes to Section 3.48.305 of the Maui County Code, which deals with the classification of land and buildings for the purposes of real property taxes. More specifically, it amends the portion of the code that relates to declarations of use for properties that have been subdivided into condominium units. The most significant of the amendments made are to the definitions of the “Non-owner-occupied” tax class and the “Short-term rental” tax classification. For more clarity, I have put side by side comparisons of the previous version of definitions and the newly amended definitions below:

    Previous version of definition

    Newly revised definition

    Non-owner-occupied. Only those units occupied by the owner for personal use or by a lessee for a term of at least six consecutive months or more will be classified as “non-owner-occupied.”

    Non-owner-occupied. Units occupied by the owner for personal use where transient vacation rental use is prohibited by the comprehensive zoning ordinance or units occupied by a lessee for a term of at least six consecutive months or more.

    Short-term rental. Unless classified as “time share,” “hotel and resort,” or “commercialized residential,” lodging or dwelling units, as defined in the comprehensive zoning ordinance, occupied by transient tenants for periods of less than six consecutive months will be classified as “short-term rental,” including properties granted a short-term rental home permit, or conditional permit allowing transient vacation rental use.

    Short-term rental. Unless classified as “time share,” “hotel and resort,” or “commercialized residential,” lodging or dwelling units, as defined in the comprehensive zoning ordinance, occupied by transient tenants for periods of less than six consecutive months, including properties granted a short-term rental home permit, or conditional permit allowing transient vacation rental use and units occupied by the owner for personal use or are vacant where transient vacation rental use is allowed by the comprehensive zoning ordinance.


    If it isn’t clear from the side by side comparison, the basic gist of Bill 130 is that it will cause a number of condominium property owners who were in the “Non-owner-occupied” tax class to be moved into the “Short-term rental” tax classification for this tax year. This sudden shift in tax classification means that some property owners may get stuck paying upwards of 60% more in property taxes this year than they did last year. If you are asking yourself “what the heck is the County thinking,” you can get some sense by reading the memorandum from Finance Director Teruya that was attached to the original version of the bill. If you don’t have time for that, let me summarize: the County sees this as a fast way to add upwards of $9,000,000 in tax revenue without a major impact to people who vote here.

            If you or one of your clients is a property owner impacted by Bill 130, you have until April 9th, 2021, to appeal the assessment or classification on your property. Please note, however, that you still need to pay your property tax even while it is under appeal. For more information on the appeal process, or to find additional forms, please follow this link and navigate accordingly.

            Bill 129 is a bit more complicated to explain, because it does not go into effect until 2022, and it also has a mixed impact on property owners. The positive side of Bill 129 is that it creates a “long-term rental” tax classification, as well as a long-term rental tax exemption. This means that effective Jan. 1, 2022, real property occupied as a long-term rental, with a signed contract to lease for 12 consecutive months or longer to the same tenant, may qualify an owner for an exemption of up to $200,000 of assessed value. Real property rented on a long-term basis (12 consecutive months or longer) without a home exemption, will be eligible for the $200,000 long-term rental exemption and will be classified as Long-term Rental. Real property with a home exemption that also qualifies for the long-term rental exemption will be eligible for an additional $100,000 exemption and will be classified as Owner-occupied. Thelong-term-rental exemption claim form

    is available with other forms at: 

    https://www.mauicounty.gov/1953/RPA-Forms-andInstructions. The deadline to file for the long-term rental exemption will be 12/31/2021.

            Though RAM has been a proponent of creating a separate tax class and additional incentives for property owners who provide long-term rentals, we did oppose some of the more troublesome aspects of Bill 129. The most troublesome aspect of Bill 129 is that it removes the portion of the Maui County Code that relates to real property tax classifications for condominium units and actual use declarations[1]. Without the ability to declare their actual use, condominium units will end up being taxed based on “highest and best use” of the property, unless some other property tax exemption applies and puts them in a different class (e.g. homeowners exemption/owner-occupied class, or long-term rental exemption/long-term rental class). This means that an apartment zoned condominium that is allowed transient vacation rental use pursuant to zoning[2] may now be taxed in the Short-term rental classification by default, even if the bylaws prohibit TVR use or the owner has never conducted such use. That is a drastic change to the status quo, and not nearly enough has been done to prepare property owners for this change. 

            Both of these bills have already been signed into law, so you’ve missed your opportunity to formally oppose the legislation. Notwithstanding, you are still allowed to reach out to your elected officials and share your thoughts. Moreover, you can even suggest additional changes to the law that might improve our real property tax system. If you are so inclined, here is the contact information for your elected representatives:

    • Mayor Michael Victorino:Mayors.Office@co.maui.hi.us

    • Council Chair Alice Lee:Alice.Lee@mauicounty.us

    • Council Vice-Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez:Keani.Rawlins@mauicounty.us 

    • Presiding Officer Pro Tempore Tasha Kama:Tasha.Kama@mauicounty.us 

    • Councilmember Gabe Johnson:Gabe.Johnson@mauicounty.us 

    • Councilmember Kelly King: Kelly.King@mauicounty.us,

    • Councilmember Mike Molina: Mike.Molina@mauicounty.us,

    • Councilmember Tamara Paltin:Tamara.Paltin@mauicounty.us,

    • Councilmember Shane Sinenci:Shane.Sinenci@mauicounty.us,

    • Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimora: Yukilei.Sugimura@mauicounty.us,

    PS: While you are at it, you can also tell them that you oppose Bill 10 (2021). This bill increases the requirements for 201H development projects in Maui County, and it will likely result in a reduction of affordable housing construction in Maui County. The current requirement is that 201H fast-tracked developments have to offer 50% of their units at affordable rates; Bill 10 increases the requirement to 75% of the units at affordable rates for Maui County. That will make it harder for developers to finance 201H projects in Maui County, and that means less developers will be looking to build affordable units in Maui County.

    [1] This also happens to be the portion of the code that was amended through Bill 130. That means that the changes made in Bill 130 will be removed when Bil 129 goes into effect on January 1, 2022. It also demonstrates how unnecessary Bill 130 actually is.

    [2] Like one of these properties: https://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/112945/Short-Term-Occupancy-List-as-of-12242020?bidId=


  • Friday, March 12, 2021 9:47 AM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    In fiscal year 2020-2021 about 14 cents of every dollar budgeted in Maui County came from vacation rentals. Legal Vacation Rentals in the form of permitted bed and breakfasts, short term rental homes and condos are the number one source of revenue for Maui County in Real Property Taxes, and have been for the last three years.

    Support Maui's Vacation Rental Industry, they support you

    Join Maui Vacation Rental Association. MVRA unifies the vacation rental ownership community of Maui.  We believe in fair regulations that balance the rights of responsible owners, operators and their neighbors.

    Engage your Maui community, be informed on local property rights and taxes, protect your investment, and be a part of your local alliance. For more information go to Mvra.net/Join


  • Thursday, February 04, 2021 1:32 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who mustered testimony for this last minute item that came up at the State Legislature threatening property rights.

    There were issues with the state website this morning and I know folks were struggling through getting testimony in.

    However, hundreds of written testimony did come in, much of it in opposition.

    Chair Nakamura deferred the measure, stating that she spoke to Kaʻāina Hull, Director of Planning for County of Kauai about the cooperation and agreement that they have worked on with AirBnB and Expedia, and how effective that has been in eliminating illegal short term operations. Nakamura also said she hopes that every county will also go into these agreements. She said the bottom line is to open up housing for local people.

    To watch the hearing please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTqCnBGMIQ

    To read testimony: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Session2021/Testimony/HB76_TESTIMONY_HSG_02-04-21_.PDF

    It was disappointing to see Maui County support of this measure.


    Other Testimony:

    Dear Hawaii State Representatives,

    My sincere apologies for sending this message to you directly, but the Hawaii State Gov. website is apparently having problems generating the "confirmation letters" needed for citizens to register to submit written testimony through normal channels.

    At any rate, thank you for the opportunity to speak out in opposition to Bill HB 76.

    In my opinion, the Bill is neither necessary nor useful at this time. As I understand it and speaking from my experience on Maui, short-term vacation rentals are hugely beneficial to the State. On Maui the taxes generated by short-term vacation rentals are one of the principal sources of revenue for Maui County, generating $114 Million for FY2020 (!) And this was even while being mandated closed by the State for much of the year (!)

    Short-term vacation rentals support a host of small businesses ranging from restaurants and shops to maintenance and landscaping. Short-term vacation rental guests spent an estimated $4.4 billion dollars on Maui in 2019, representing nearly a quarter of all visitor spending in the state!

    Short-term vacation rentals also support the State with TAT taxes. In 2019 Maui county generated $207,773,430 in TAT revenue for the state, about 33% of the overall Transient Accommodations Tax collected in that year. Maui has more legal vacation rentals (11768) on the island then hotel rooms (7372) according to Real Property Tax data.

    Short-term vacation rentals on Maui are also the largest single source of revenue for the Maui Affordable Housing Fund. They have generated $5.89 million for the fund since 2018 (!)

    Needless to say, then, doing anything to curtail short-term vacation rentals will only damage the local economy and inadvertently cripple county government financially.

    Why, then, would the state legislature consider a Bill that would undermine short-term vacation rental?! Would this not be to commit fiscal suicide?

    STRH permit holders on Maui have done their due diligence, often at considerable expense, to operate responsibly and within the law. Does not good governance require the State and County governments uphold their side of this social contract?

    Most permitted dwellings are owned by people who live in their properties for part of each year. They are thus never going to become available either for permanent resident housing or for long term rental.

    For all of these reasons I urge you to vote no on HB76.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Craig Gay



    For more information on HB76 check here: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=76&year=2021

    We will be watching for further updates on this proposed bill.

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:26 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    The Planning Department Long Range Division has announced the beginning of South Maui's Community Plan Update. The online hub is located at https://southmaui.wearemaui.org/

    It's going to be critical to participate. We want the South Maui Community Plan to be better than ever, and balance goals of the community plus continue to have the benefits of their vacation rental ohana as well. Right now they have scheduled 4 Vision Workshops to be held via zoom.

    This is what the press release said:

    Members of the South Maui community are encouraged to attend one of these workshops to brainstorm ideas with their neighbors and envision what South Maui should look and feel like in 20 years. All four workshops will have the same agenda, so people are asked to sign up for only one workshop so that as many people as possible can participate. The workshops will take place on the Zoom videoconferencing platform on the following dates and times:


    Thursday, January 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m.


    Register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfu6vrTwiH9ekFr2ZTmh7dRyB4Mr635SB


    Saturday, January 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m.


    Register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudO6hrT4oGtFiTXVIcpRB57OWZsLyw0H4


    Tuesday, January 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m.


    Register at this link:


    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUocu-rrjgtH9Ml5ro4AD7KYXwbKwnOsGj6


    Wednesday, January 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m.


    Register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucuqqqD4sHdNcGg1tp_Kvsdgvt6m8umJE


    Clicking on the links above will take you to a registration form for that meeting date. The County will accept registrations until each workshop is full. Each of the workshops has a maximum capacity of 30 people to allow everyone participating time to share their ideas. The County may add more workshop dates based on interest.

    “Even while our community is working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19, we must still plan for the future,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “I encourage everyone in South Maui to sign up for these workshops. Talk with your neighbors about what makes South Maui great and how we can plan for future generations.”

    Those community members who are unable to attend the virtual workshops are encouraged to share their ideas by participating in the self-directed, online version of the vision workshop here: https://southmaui.wearemaui.org/get-involved-vision-survey/. The online workshop will be available through February 7.

    Additionally, organizations like neighborhood associations, youth groups, and civic clubs in South Maui who are interested in hosting their own virtual vision workshops with their members may contact County planners at wearesouthmaui@mauicounty.gov to find out how to get access to a “workshop in a box.”

    “Building a vision for South Maui’s future is key to making sure that all the goals, policies and actions in the community plan take us in the right direction,” said Planning Director Michele McLean. “We are looking forward to these conversations with the community.”

    For more information on the South Maui Community Plan update process, visit the project website—southmaui.wearemaui.org—or follow us on Facebook or Instagram @wearesouthmaui. For general planning information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/planning.


  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00 AM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    Oh boy, what a year 2020 has been. Not only have we had a global pandemic, the shutdown in the visitor industry, plus B&Bs and short term rental homes and many condos were mandated to be closed for operation for many months. We are up and running again now, but there are legislative proposals to restrict Short Term Rental Homes and Short Term Rental Condos on the horizon. All the while, Maui's Short Term Rentals continue to be the single biggest source of revenue for the county in real property tax.

    MVRA has been there throughout this year. We have worked with the planning department as they revised the ordinances for B&B and STRH. We have spoken against reducing or changing the regional caps, and phasing out short term rentals time and time again. We have kept everyone updated on the latest rules for the visitor industry. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    This year’s annual meeting we will be having a discussion about amending the bylaws to include a condo owner on the board. We will be going over our legal update, and giving a legislative overview for the year to come.

    Your voice matters, and what’s more, we need to be heard together. We look forward to seeing you, but unfortunately due to COVID we will not be meeting in person. However, this gives us the opportunity to meet over Zoom and see members from all across the country. Meeting is 2pm HST, that is 4pm Pacific; 5pm Mountain; 7pm Eastern, on Wednesday February 3rd.

    Please register and RSVP at https://mvra.net/event-4133053

    Agenda

    • Welcoming Statements
    • 2020 in Review
    • Legislative overview
    • Whats ahead for 2021
    • By-Law Amendments
    • Board member Voting

    If you need to update your membership to active prior to the meeting please check here.


    We are seeking additional board members and looking to create a few subcommittees. We are looking for more board members that are bed and breakfast owners as well as condo owners. Please let us know if you can assist, get involved, recommend someone or share ideas.



  • Monday, January 18, 2021 3:12 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    The Mayor's office just got approval from Governor Ige to make a few tweaks in our safe travels system.


    Travelers that wish to avoid the 10 day quarantine in the pre-travel COVID-19 test program must have negative results prior to boarding their plane, and must also (1) Download either the AlohaSafe Alert application or another Google-Apple Exposure Notification System application (2) Or enable their exposure notification setting on their mobile device.


    Folks arriving on the island with out the app on their phones will be asked to download it at the airport.


    Inter-County travelers are now also subject to the 10 day quarantine restriction, in order to avoid quarantine they must have a negative COVID-19 pre-test from an approved travel partner uploaded to the safe travels website prior to boarding their plane.


    You can find links to the Aloha Safe App to share here: https://www.alohasafealert.org/


    Here is a flyer to share on your website or through email:

    Click here for Aloha Safe Flyer pdf



    New County Limits on Retail and Bars and Restaurants


    The county has set 30% occupancy limits for retail establishments and bars and restaurants. Bars and restaurants must close no later than 10pm for dine in service.This does not apply to drive through, or non-liquor related take-out.


    Masks Required


    The county has also further clarified that masks must be worn to gyms, yoga studios and similar venues, for both indoor and outdoor activities.


    Masks must also be worn while walking to the beach and pool areas. Your mask may be removed once stationary, and separated from non-household members outdoors.


    These new rules for the county are scheduled to take effect Tuesday January 19, 2021.


    New CDC Guidelines for International Travelers


    We got notice from the HVCB on new CDC rules for international travelers:

     

    Under the new CDC rule taking effect January 26, international air passengers -- including U.S. residents -- two years and older, will be required to get a viral test within three days before their flight back to the U.S departs and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy); or, provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19.


    If the passenger chooses not to provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. 


    In order to qualify for the Safe Travels quarantine exemption the traveler must board with a negative test result specifically from a Trusted Testing Partner (TTP) taken within 72 hours of departure and uploaded to their Safe Travels account prior to boarding their flight to Hawaii.


    The negative test used to meet the CDC requirement may be used for Safe Travels exemption only if it was issued by a TTP. Currently, Hawaii has established TTP's only in the United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saipan), Japan, and Canada. 


    The CDC policy gives Hawaii an additional competitive advantage in that mainland travelers who might have considered other warm-weather destinations, will now have to secure approved testing in those foreign destinations prior to returning home. If they travel to Hawaii instead, they will have the convenience of testing in their home communities before leaving for Hawaii with no requirement to test before returning home. 


    Since its inception, Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program on October 16, 2020, one million passengers have arrived in the state. A complete rundown of the state’s travel requirements and entry protocols for all arriving passengers can be found by visiting hawaiicovid19.com/travel.  


  • Friday, November 06, 2020 1:29 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)

    I recently attended the HTA Maui Nui Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) community meeting, and I wanted to share the discussion points and their survey with you.


    Please take a moment to participate in the survey. I think this is a great way for vacation rental stakeholders to give input in this process. Right now the HTA is currently collecting responses where you can provide feedback and input on the proposed actions online at https://bit.ly/MauiDMAPForm this is due by Monday Nov. 9, 2020.


    The Maui steering committee group will be implementing ideas taken from this survey into the plan. The survey will ask you what island you are on and what your local zip code is. 


    Please take this opportunity to participate in their survey. One of the big goals of the process is to have a mutually satisfying experience in Hawaii for both the resident and the visitor, via maintaining or increasing value and revenues.


    Here’s what the proposed Anchor Action Summary is as discussed in the meeting.  


    • Respect for Natural & Cultural Resources
    • Initiate fund and continue programs to protect health of coral reefs, clean ocean water, native fish and marine wildlife as well as land based ecosystems and biosecurity
    • Support for Native Hawaiian Culture and Community
    • Develop and implement marketing with place based authenticity to attract visitors
    • Continue to offer cultural education and training programs to enhance and perpetuate aloha, malama and kuleana
    • Ensure Tourism and communities enrich each other
    • Ensure more direct benefits to residents from tourism
    • Implement resident communications programs to promote value of tourism
    • Develop & promote initiatives to improve experience of ground travel
    • Align infrastructure with county projections
    • Continue to reach out to the community to understand resident sentiment
    • Strengthen tourism contribution
    • Create county and or state cabinet position with hospitality background to provide tourism updates facilitate progress to residents and elected officials 
    • Implement a responsible tourism marketing communications promo to educate visitors.
    • Develop and implement new travel safety regulations
    • Island Resource Management
    • Increase funding for enforcement 
    • Implement policies to rebalance residents cost of living
    • Address impact of sea level rise
    • Work on reducing our reliance of tourism as our sole economic driver


    In this article https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/10/survey-traffic-tops-list-of-tourism-problems/ traffic was at the top of everyone’s mind. It was also suggested that vacation rentals could be taxed more to ensure direct benefits to residents from tourism. I pointed out in the comments section of my survey that vacation rentals are already the highest taxed category bringing in the largest amount of money into the county via Real Property Tax. You can see the data here. Vacation Rentals were also mandated to shut down during the pandemic, with no funding relief.


    In addition, the short term rental classification is the largest contributor to the county Affordable Housing Fund annually. A better suggestion to ensure more direct benefits to residents occur from these payments is perhaps increase the ways the county appropriates these funds already collected to directly and positively impact residents.


    For more reading on the DMAP and the process go to https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/what-we-do/hta-programs/community-based-tourism/maui-nui/


  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:15 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)


    State and County Host and Guest Guidance

    The Hawaii State Department of Health Maui District Health Office has transmitted their Guidance for Lodgings to Safely Accommodate Guests who have or suspected to have COVID19.

    Click here to download the document. Its 5 pages long and describes the necessary steps and procedures of what is expected should your guest come down with COVID19 during their stay.



    County of Maui and the Maui Facilities and Engineering Leadership Council (MFELC) has partnered to provide additional information on best practices for opening up. (pictured above). You will find that document here.

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    Come Healthy | Stay Healthy |Leave Healthy

    Help Keep Maui County Healthy

    Maui County Accommodation Guidelines

    In partnering together for the safety of our guests and employees, Maui County is encouraging the following guidelines for hotel, condo and vacation rental operators:

    1. Provide Marketing materials to arriving guests with information about voluntary testing, locations and operating hours

    2. Provide for the safety of employees:

    a . Weekly testing of employees

    b. Provide employees the option of work areas where they will have no contact with guests

    c. Health coverage and additional time off if employee tests positive

    3. Work closely with the Hawaii State Department of Health Maui District Office for guests who test positive during their stay.

    To download this document click here.

    Maui County will also be asking visitors to voluntarily do a second test.

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    Vistors to Maui: What You Need To Know

    Hawaii State Department of Health and Maui District Health office has also created a document of recommendations and information to give to your guests. These include tips on booking during COVID19 as well as some logistics, what to expect and informational links.

    To download the document click here.

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    State and County Press Conference Highlights

    Courtesy of Maui Chamber of Commerce:

    Updated Maui County Travel Rules

    In addition to the Governor's updates on Trans-Pacific travelers today, Mayor Victorino also provide an update on Maui County travel rules (see the video here):

    Maui County will also be instituting a voluntary post-arrival test (for those who took the pre-test) 48-72 hours after arrival. This will be at no cost to travelers and they will receive a Kama'aina First Discount Card for participating to incentivize them taking a sWe understand that starting on 10/15 - intra-county travel within Maui County to/from Maui, Molokai, and Lanai will not require a 14 day quarantine or a pre-travel test.

    We also understand Maui County will start a pre-travel testing program on 10/15 for inter-county/inter-island travel, so if you are traveling from Oahu to Maui, you can take a pre-test 72 hours prior to arrival on Maui and be exempt from quarantine with a negative test.

    However, you will not be able to test out of quarantine. If you land on Maui and did not get a pre-test (whether transpacific or inter-island), you will have to spend the full 14 days in quarantine and cannot take a test to be released from quarantine.

    Maui County is moving forward with the pre-travel testing program for Trans-Pacific travel.econd test.

    If you are interested in featuring a discount program on Kama'aina First, please visit www.kamaainafirst.com

    If you are taking the pre-travel test within the State of Hawaii (for inter-island/inter-county travelers), they will be using Clinical Labs and Diagnostic Services.

    Currently Mayor Victorino is working with Governor Ige on exempting travelers from Maui who are going to Oahu for a day or overnight for medical purposes from the quarantine, but this has not yet been approved.

    Governor Ige and Lieutenant Governor Green gave a press conference earlier this afternoon to provide more details on the pre-travel testing program. (See the press conference video)

    All counties will participate in the pre-travel testing program.

    Maui County and Kauai County will have a voluntary post-arrival test for those arriving. Hawaii County will require all travelers to take an antigen test.

    The state is currently working with Japan on a pre-travel testing program.

    Maui County and Kauai County are going to implement a pre-travel testing program for inter-island traveling. So, those traveling interisland from Oahu to Maui/Kauai can get a pre-travel test prior to departure to avoid quarantine. More details will be released on this.

    The counties are working with the hospitality industry partners to encourage people to take a second test.

    In addition, the state will be conducting strategic surveillance testing where up to 10% of arriving visitors across the islands will be given a second test 4 days after arrival for the next 60 days. This is meant to ensure the program is working as it should.

    Visitors can go to HawaiiCOVID19.com or call 1-800-GOHAWAII for additional information.

    Only test results from the trusted partners will be accepted and additional trusted partners have been added such as Alaska Airlines and American Airlines.

  • Friday, October 09, 2020 9:32 AM | Jen Russo (Administrator)



    Mayor Victorino Announces Another Deferral

    We have made many suggestions for tax relief, tax rebates or tax exemptions to the County of Maui, and nothing has stuck. Real Property Tax department says they do not make changes to the tax rates or amounts once the budget is set. However the Real Property Tax department knows that property owners are struggling, and the County has just offered additional time on their deferment period.

    Here is the info from their press release:

    Mayor Michael Victorino has just authorized a 90-day extension, now to Nov. 19, 2020, for the deferral of the 10 percent penalty for Real Property Taxes that was due on Aug. 20, 2020, because of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Now, the deferral provides taxpayers from Aug. 20 to Nov. 19, 2020, to make payments without penalty. But, they are encouraged to pay their bills on time, as usual, to avoid the standard 1 percent monthly interest charge for unpaid balances after Aug. 31st. Previously, Mayor Victorino had granted a 60-day extension.

    “I hope this additional time will help our community cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19,” Mayor Victorino said. “We want to make sure our residents and businesses aren’t penalized for not being able to pay the full amount immediately due to financial hardship.”

    Tax penalty deferral details:

    • The deferral only impacts taxes due on Aug. 20, 2020
    • Taxpayers are now allowed to spread out payments from Aug. 20 through Nov. 19, 2020
    • All taxes due on Aug. 20 must be paid in full by Nov. 19 to avoid penalty
    • 1 percent interest on unpaid balances after Aug. 20 will not be waived; it will accrue monthly on Sept. 1, Oct. 1 and Nov. 1
    • Any outstanding balance owed as of Nov. 20, 2020, will be assessed the 10 percent penalty

    Note: Under the Maui County Code, the Director of Finance is allowed extensions of only up to 90 days. So, there will be no further extensions.

    Deferred payments may be sent to:

     

    County of Maui

    Department of Finance

    Treasury Division

    Real Property Tax Collection

    70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Suite A-18

    Kahului, HI 96732

    The Real Property Tax Collections Office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its phone number is (808) 270-7697.

    More information is available at www.mauipropertytax.com

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