Rail project receives $52 million in tax surcharge revenue

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation reported Friday that it received $52.3 million in General Excise and Use Tax (GET) surcharge revenue for the final quarter of fiscal year 2015 for construction of the Honolulu rail project.

The quarterly installment of GET surcharge revenue covers the months of April, May and June, and was about $8 million dollars less than was forecasted for the quarter based on the project’s current financial plan.

“We have now collected a total of $1.52 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project,” said HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas. “Our overall surcharge revenue is tracking about 1.18 percent below projections, which amounts to $38.9 million less than projected. We will continue to monitor our GET revenue closely.”

For the previous quarter covering January, February and March, HART received $65 million in surcharge revenue, which was $9 million above projections for that quarter.

The half-percent GET surcharge for Oahu, which by law can only be used for the rail system, began in January 2007. The surcharge revenue is expected to fund more than 70 percent of the project’s costs, with the remaining balance to be paid using federal funds.

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