Public to weigh in on bill, vote on Constitutional AmendmentHonolulu, Hawaiʻi – House Speaker Scott K. Saiki has introduced HB 2671, a constitutional amendment proposing that the Board of Education (BOE) have concurrent real property tax authority to fund teacher compensation. "Concurrent" means the counties will retain their real property tax authority in addition to the BOE.
"HB 2671 addresses the question of how to fund increased teacher compensation. The general public and business community must weigh in on whether taxes should be raised to increase teacher salaries, and, if so, whether a real property tax is an appropriate source of revenue," said Speaker Saiki. "If approved by the Legislature, HB 2671 will be placed on the 2020 general election ballot and voters will have the opportunity to ratify it."
The amendment question placed on the ballot would read:
A separate bill, HB 2662, has been introduced to statutorily implement the constitutional amendment if it is ratified. HB 2662 is a "short form" bill that requires the Legislature to insert statutory implementation language.
The bill has been referred to its committees for public hearings.