If a county project or program is important to you, it's time to speak up.
Mayor Alan Arakawa encourages all community members to come out and participate in Community Budget Meetings for Fiscal Year 2015.
The West Maui meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at Lahaina Civic Center.
"Feedback from these meetings provides valuable direction for us," said Mayor Arakawa.
"I would invite and encourage all residents of Maui County to take some time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts on how we create a balanced budget that addresses county services while remaining fiscally responsible."
Residents are also encouraged to fill out an online survey prior to attending the meetings, which will help notify organizers about the priorities in each community.
The link to the survey is available on the front page of the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov on the lower left hand side. It's called the "2013 Community Survey."
Meetings around Maui are also slated on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at Paia Community Center; Thursday, Sept. 12, at 5:45 p.m. for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing, then 6 p.m. for the budget meeting at Velma Santos Community Center; Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:45 p.m. for the CDBG hearing and 6 p.m. for the budget meeting at Helene Hall in Hana; Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center; and Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at Kihei Community Center.
Input from the community meetings will be taken into consideration when the administration constructs the next budget.
The issue a year ago was protecting Lipoa Point and lands around Honolua Bay. The grassroots campaign by the Save Honolua Coalition and many others was astounding, ultimately prompting the state to appropriate funds to preserve this important and cherished area.
So, what does West Maui need right now? Let the mayor and his administration know.