Tax breaks for longtime Maui families struggling with steep hikes in property taxes are on the way.
The Maui District Council unanimously approved the law of ‘aina kupuna on Friday. The move would amend the county’s tax law to allow Maui County families who have owned their land for more than 80 years to dedicate that property as’ aina kupuna, or ancestral land.
Councilor Shane Sinenci, who represents East Maui, says the bill will help families in troubled times not only keep their land but pass it on to future generations.
“For us in East Maui we have many ‘aina kupuna. We have over 200 people listed on these lots.
“If we are talking about the homeless and no place to go, at least for some families we have this ʻāina kupuna, which serves as a place that grandma and grandpa leave not just for one, two or a certain child, but for everyone to have.” enjoying the family, “he said.
The dedication of ‘aina kupuna should last ten years. During that time, families would only be subject to the minimum basic tax rate – which is currently $ 350 per year.
Many longtime landowners in popular areas of the county face skyrocketing property taxes due to land speculators, high-end homes, and resort developments.
Maui County Council voted 9-0 for the bill. The measure is now going to be signed by Mayor Mike Victorino.
Those interested in ʻohana are encouraged to contact the Maui County’s Real Estate Tax Department for more information on how to apply.