STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1303
RE: H.B. No. 1363
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Housing and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1363, H.D. 3, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Extend the period within which a county may adopt a surcharge on state tax, under certain conditions, from March 31, 2019 to December 31, 2023;
(2) Authorize the use of county surcharge revenues for housing infrastructure in counties having a population of five hundred thousand or less; and
(3) Temporarily authorize counties that have previously adopted a surcharge on state tax to amend the uses of the surcharge.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Office of Planning and Sustainable Development, Office of the Mayor of the County of Maui, two members of the Maui County Council, Planning Department of the County of Hawai‘i, Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Hawai‘i Association of REALTORS, and Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Your Committees find that the cost of off-site infrastructure is a major barrier to the development of affordable housing statewide. Accordingly, this measure offers another source of funding for counties to pay for housing infrastructure, thereby accelerating housing project delivery and reducing housing costs at the county level. Additionally, according to testimony received by your Committees, this measure will also help offset some of the burden on the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund, which is currently being depleted by the State’s historical infrastructure obligations in Waiahole Valley and in the Villages of Kapolei.
Your Committees have amended this measure by inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Housing and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1363, H.D. 3, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1363, H.D. 3, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Housing and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
STANLEY CHANG, Chair