BY BUCK QUAYLE
Maui Property Tax
The Maui County Council has recommended continuance of a basic property tax assesment of $15 per $1000 for the current fiscal year.
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in Wailuku.
The net taxable value of private property-land and buildings-in Maui County now totals a record $352.5 million, according to Melvin Soong, acting director of taxation for the State of Hawaii.
This is an increase of more than $42 million over the 1970 figure.
The net taxable value of land and buildings in the county has risen steadly over the past several years, according to statistics from the County Clerk's office.
The total taxable value in 1955 was about $155 million. Figures for succeeding years are: 1966, $175.3 million; 1967, $198.4 million; 1968, $199.4 million; 1969, $224.4 million, and 1970, $310.1 million.
The sharpest rise in taxable value since 1965 was reported in hotel and apartment properties, which increased from $15.7 million in 1965 to $97.4 million today.
The assessed value of residential, commercial, industrial and conservation properties, approximately doubled during that period.
The smallest percentage rise in assessed value was noted in agricultural properties, which increased from $49.3 million in 1965 to $69.8 million today.
The taxable value of property is established by the State as 70 per cent of the fair market value of the property.
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Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
Another Day At The Office Haleakala National Park