Mayor Charmaine Tavares Delivers 2010 State of the County Address
February 11, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii- Mayor Charmaine Tavares delivered her fourth State of the County Address to a standing-room-only crowd this morning in the County Council Chambers.
In her 35-minute speech that included highlights of 2009 and touched on declining revenue, Mayor Tavares challenged the Governor’s administration and the Legislature to examine all other sources of state revenue, including the numerous State special funds as well as the State’s taxing authority before moving to take away the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) from the four Counties.
Drawing comparisons to the win by the New Orleans Saints in the Superbowl, Mayor Tavares spoke about the underdog team rebounding after odds were stacked against them.
“The people of Maui County have risen to the challenges of the economic downturn,” Mayor Tavares said. “The strength, determination and resolve of our people in times of adversity and great need have been seen time and time again.”
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Mayor Tavares gave special recognition to the five founders of the new Haliimaile Pineapple Company- Darren Strand, Rudy Balala, Pardee Erdman, Doug Schenk and Doug MacCluer- thanking them for their efforts to continue pineapple farming on Maui following the shutdown of Maui Land & Pineapple Co.’s pineapple operations.
The event was broadcast live on AKAKU channel 53 and KNUI 900 AM. A re-broadcast was aired at 11:00 a.m. on KAOI 96.7 FM and KAOI 1110 AM. In addition, on Friday, February 12, 2010, KPMW 105.5 FM will air the event at 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Following the Address, Mayor Tavares held a press event for a group of high school digital and print media students from Baldwin High School, Kamehameha Schools-Maui, Maui High School, Maui Preparatory Academy, Seabury Hall and St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School. Mayor Tavares fielded questions from the high school reporters who attended the State of the County Address.