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Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 9:19 AM HST

Environmental groups say tax to save Hawai`i's water

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Environmental advocates are urging the State Legislature to help preserve Hawai`i's watersheds by increasing taxes on high-end property sales.
The House Committee on Water and Land gave approval to a bill Monday that increases the conveyance tax on property worth $2 million or more and marks the funds for water protection and other natural resources. State Department of Land and Natural Resources
Director William Aila says the bill is the top priority for his department this session. The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Maui Invasive Species Committee and other environmental groups are pushing for the bill. Opponents include the Chamber of Commerce
and the Hawai`i Association of Realtors. Governor Neil Abercrombie said during his State of the State address that he supports the initiative.

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