City council briefing canceled with leadership change expected next week

HONOLULU (KHON2) - There were no talks on the mayor's proposed city budget Monday.  

A morning briefing had to be canceled and a council member says there's no point holding one until next week.

The most critical issue before the council right now is the budget, but as Councilman Ernie Martin points out, council members still have time.  

Budget committee chair Joey Manahan says he canceled the briefing, because not enough council members attended. 

But Martin says there's also another factor.

"I think it's appropriate that it was canceled primarily because there would be a change in leadership shortly if the vote is confirmed next Monday," said Martin.

Next Monday is when the full council will vote if Martin should step back in as chair, a seat currently held by Councilman Ron Menor.

"Rather than having the administration burdened with having to address members who may not sit in committee now, I think it's more appropriate now that we postpone those hearings," said Martin. 

Martin says he's not worried about the delay because these hearings are only informational briefings. No voting will take place this week.

"We have until June 15 to adopt the final budget for the City and County of Honolulu, so it still gives us three months. Ample time," said Martin. 

The city administration also assured us that the canceled meeting has not affected them.  

Manahan's office says budget briefings scheduled for Tuesday will continue as planned, and what was supposed to be heard Monday will be rescheduled later on in the week.

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