Fight to fund Honolulu’s rail continues Monday at a special legislative session – KITV Honolulu

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 6:41 am


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The fight to fund Honolulu’s rail project continues Monday.

A hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.where state lawmakers will hold a special legislative session to take up a newly crafted rail bill.

House officials tell Island News the session will likely end Friday but if there are amendments, it could last longer.

The proposed bill would extend the general excise tax surcharge on Oahu through the year 2030.

It also calls for raising the hotel room tax statewide by one percentage point through 2030.

That hotel room tax would rise by early next year.

So how does that compare to other popular vacation spots?

Despite the bill calling to increase Hawaii’s hotel tax to 10.25 percent, it’s still lower than other major cities.

In Los Angeles, the hotel tax peaks at 15.5 percent.

The ninth island – Las Vegas – taxes visitors just over 13 percent.

Orlando and Miami, Florida each charge 6 percent, while New York City’s hotel tax is a little lower, at 5.8 percent.

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