Honolulu mayor signs bill to use city money to fund rail

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For the first time, city funds will be used to help pay for the rail. 

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law Thursday lifting the ban on spending city money for building the rail.
    
The bill allows a maximum of $214 million to go towards the rail project. 
     
The city has until Nov. 20 to show the federal transit authority $44 million.

“It’s the first time, the very first time we’re going to be using general fund monies to help pay for the construction of rail,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Monday will present action plan on how we’re going to fund the 44 million we want to be transparent on it, make sure it’s legal, and it doesn’t jeopardize.”

A $44 million bond for rail will likely be issued early next year. 
 

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