First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert

Concert Band (1280x853)Music in the Park is a nice way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon here in West Loch Fairways!

We were entertained big time with the talents given to us by the Band of the Pacific joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam group called “Hana Hou”. It was a one hour blast of upbeat music.

The band’s back drop, stage and seating were set up by your WLF Board members: Tom Hiltner, Michael Nii, and Richard Ashley and my family.

Tom and his wife lugged a 10×20 foot tent from their home, and set it up so that older residents could sit comfortably on chairs and be out of the sun.

Michael my son and our daughter-in-law Kathy helped hold the 19×9 foot flag while Richard and my husband secured the flag. They also helped setting-up and taking down 75 chairs and three tables.

I must give special acknowledgment to the support and patience my husband Larry! He always goes out of his way to do the things a 5”1” old lady cannot do, either too weak or too short for the task.

The WLF Site Manager delivered fliers to various homes as his time allowed, and also is the one who posted the banner and notice on the Bulletin Board.

All of these people are responsible for making this event successful. I appreciate them all, and everyone who attended.

We will continue to come up with more Association Events aiming to please and hoping to generate participation from our Membership.

Always interested in your thoughts about bringing our community together.

Call me anytime.

Yvonne Dembinski

WLF Social Chairperson 681-5373

The First Annual West Loch Fairways Appreciation Concert HH1

When : JUNE 7, 2015

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where : West Loch Fairways

TOT LOT PARK 

 

Bring your blankets and picnic eats and enjoy great LIVE music provided to us by a group of musicians from the Air Force Band of Pearl Harbor/Hickam called Hana Hou.   This is to kick off the celebration of Flag Day, and this group we will hear is very, very entertaining, they play everything from rock to top 40’s hits as well as Hawaiian and Patriotic.  It is a mixture of brass, guitar, drummers and even a female vocalist!     Some chairs will be provided also, but you may just want to lay back on your blankets and relax.

 

Honolulu City Council BILL 27 Relating to Minimum Real Property Tax

****UPDATE****   At the May 12 ,2015 City Council Budget Meeting Bill 27 was Deferred for Action by the committee. There was opposition by the administration because of unintended consequences. As it is written now, Bill 27 has a much greater reach than what is believed  was originally intended by the advisory board and would significantly raise the property taxes on lower valued properties such as small condominiums and any property valued between $100,000 and $300,000. The Bill is still alive and we will have to wait and see if it will be amended.

The City Council voted to pass the first reading of Bill 27 which amends the minimum real property tax. Bill 27 will raise the minimum real property tax from $300 to $1000. The only exemption allowed would be for organizations that have obtained 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. The Bill moves on to the Council’s Budget Committee at the May 12, 2015 meeting (Meeting Agenda)

Why do we care?

This legislation stands to have great implications for West loch Fairways. The Association holds the deed to 36 different properties or Tax Map Keys (TMK). Presently the Association’s real property tax for each property is $300/ property or $10,800 annually. If Bill 27 becomes law the Association’s real property tax bill will increase to $36,000. This new obligation will put a real strain on the Association’s operating budget and could force a maintenance dues increase. The Common Areas of West Loch Fairways consist of public access areas, e.g. greenbelts, mini parks, service roads and greenway sidewalks along Fort Weaver and A’awa Drive. These properties are valued at $100 by the City and County of Honolulu and should not be assessed a minimum real property tax of $1000 each as the Association already preforms all the landscape maintenance on these public access areas including maintaining the service roads and guest parking.

What can we do?

Please let City Councilmember Menor and the other Councilmembers know that Bill 27 will cost you money directly. That raising the minimum real property tax by over 300% is excessive and the Council should consider an incremental approach.

We will be updating this post as Bill 27 moves through the process.

WLF Community Yard Sale

Yard SaleMany people reported a great turnout to the WLF community sale that took place on April 25, 2015. Almost 40 Members participated. The Social Committee plans to hold this event annually and asks for your input to make this event even better. Please use the Ask a Question form on this website to submit your suggestions using the subject line “Community Sale”. We would like to Thank Yvonne Dembinski and the Social Committee for volunteering their time to make this event such a success.

Community Yard Sale Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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