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Making your voice count

Posted on Nov 27, 2019 in Capitol Connection, Featured

Looking for a way to make a difference? The governor’s office is seeking qualified volunteers to fill vacancies on boards and commissions statewide. “Their service is an important way for Hawai‘i citizens to have an active voice in government and improve our communities,” said director Sharon Ibarra. “Everyone has something to offer, and we value their service to the state.”

One immediate need is to fill vacancies for the Boards of Taxation Review on O’ahu, Kaua’i, Maui and Hawai’i island. The boards informally hear and decide disputes between taxpayers and tax assessors, as an alternative to filing formal appeals with the Hawai’i Tax Appeals Court. Marilyn Gagen, a member of the Hawai’i island board, urges others to get involved. “The work is very interesting, satisfying and also challenging. We represent a truly independent board, and I believe we make fair decisions. Our time commitment is one day per quarter, which is hardly a hardship” For details, on this and other boards, go to or contact Ibarra at [email protected].


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