Today in West Hawaii history | May 21

May 21, 1984: Doubling the staff of the Hawaii County real property tax office would be one way to lessen the impact a tax reduction would have on county services, according to Norman Lewis, vice president of the Hawaii County Taxpayers Association. Another way, Lewis says at a League of Women Voters meeting, is to raise revenues through user fees for presently free county services like parks and recreation. The tax office is the only county department for which the HCTA has proposed an increase in staff should its initiative petition to halve residential property taxes win acceptance on November’s ballot. Lewis said increasing the number of tax appraisers in order to collect some $4 million would help reduce what county officials claim would be a “drastic” $17.7 million shortfall in revenues. In proposing more appraisers, he was quick to add that they must be knowledgeable because much of the Big Island is under-appraised, resulting in a lower tax base than really exists.

May 21, 1994: West Hawaii Today did not publish on this day. May 21, 1994, was a Saturday.

May 21, 2004: The Konawaena High School Wildcats defeat Kamehameha 64-34 to reach the second round of the Hawaii High School Athletics Association girls basketball state championship on Oahu.

A University of Hawaii at Manoa student surprises island burial council members when she claims archaeologists have known about some burial sites in the Alii Parkway’s path for 31 years. Danielle Delise, a senior political science major, has researched the proposed parkway as part of an indigenous politics class. Delise presented to burial council members 11 pages documenting her research.

The U.S. Senate approves legislation authoring the government to pay a quarter of the costs for a wastewater treatment north of Kailua-Kona. But federal officials have warned that the plant may not be built for 15 years or more. The bill provides for the Hawaii Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to coordinate planning, design and building a $15 million facility to treat and distribute wastewater discharged from the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant.