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Posted: Friday, March 7th, 2014 12:37 PM HST

$2.3M in gas taxes not appropriated on Big Island

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) About $2.3 million in gas taxes on the Big Island is sitting in a bank rather than being used to build roads.

West Hawaii Today reported Thursday that the money wasn't appropriated after the taxes were collected between 2010 and 2012. The Hawaii County Council plans Friday to appropriate the money to several road projects through the end of June, the end of the fiscal calendar.

The state tax department says the Big Island's share of the fuel taxes collected was $6.1 million.

Motorists on the island pay 8.8 cents per gallon of gas for the county's share of the tax.

Public Works Director Warren Lee says most of the money, $1.7 million, was set aside for big projects that require time and environmental assessments.

Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi says the county did more than $275 million in projects over the past five years, with about $100 million spent on roads on the west side of the island.

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