Honolulu City Council member calls for Mayor to work with council on budget

The Honolulu City Council and the Mayor obviously don’t agree on everything in the new budget.

One council member said he hopes Mayor Caldwell will agree to meet with them.

Yesterday, the mayor said he returned the budget to the council without his signature.

He said objects to a change the council made which cuts funding to fill vacant city positions.

Councilman Ikaika Anderson wants to meet with the mayor over their differences.

“Really our respective constituencies deserve better than that. And really what I think it is is a misinterpretation by the administration of the council’s intent. Again I’m not sure if the mayor was briefed incorrectly by his staff or there was just a misreading on the part of the administration,” said Anderson

Since the mayor didn’t veto the budget, it will pass unsigned and will take effect on July 1 at the start of the new fiscal year.

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