Read all about it in the latest Aloha Vacationer!

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The latest edition of the Aloha Vacationer, our next to last issue of 2012, is now available for your reading satisfaction. Once you’ve perused its four digital pages, packed with the kind of content other publications would charge you for, we think you’ll agree this is one newsletter that won’t take no for an answer. The issue opens with an informative cover story on our latest tax victory, this one over the application of a General Excise Tax that resulted …

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Property tax bill on your timeshare to decrease in 2012-13

You will soon receive a statement and letter in the mail that detail the significant decrease in property taxes on your timeshare for 2012-13.  Yearly owners of one-, two- and three-bedroom SOK units will all owe less this year. One-bedroom owners will see a nearly 15 percent tax reduction over last year ($109.30 from $125.30), two-bedroom owners a more than 25 percent reduction ($183.30 from $230) and three-bedroom owners a nearly 25 percent reduction ($211.70 from $262.50). We would like to …

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Winter 2012 newsletter now available online

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The winter newsletter, our first of 2012, is now available online for your reading pleasure. The cover story takes a look back at the Tax War of 2011 and how the efforts of your management company and the SOK board of directors staved off unfair taxation measures aimed at timeshare owners. On Page Two you’ll read about 2011 Employee of the Year Gio Tapuro, a front desk agent right here at Sands of Kahana. You’ve probably been on the receiving …

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Board Of Directors & Management Company Efforts Reduce Property Tax Assessment Amounts

Aloha Fellow Owners, Invoices were recently sent for your annual property taxes covering the County of Maui fiscal year beginning July 2011. The billing also includes the annual land purchase assessment. As you know, real property taxes became a huge target for Maui County to raise new revenue for the county budget.  The Sands Board and the entire Maui timeshare community, led by our timeshare trade association, ARDA, were able to significantly reduce the Maui Mayor’s original 40% increase proposal …

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Sands of Kahana Tax Increase Follow-Up

Fellow Owners, We are very pleased to deliver some great news and some pretty good news on the tax increase proposals in the State of Hawaii. First the great news: the proposed increase in the transient accommodation tax of over 300% did not get approved by the Legislature. The final bill has been sent to the Governor for signature and does not include the proposed increase. This is tremendous news as the timeshare industry came together quickly and showed the …

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Sands of Kahana Tax Increase Proposed By State

Fellow Owners, As previously mentioned, the State of Hawaii is attempting to increase one of the taxes paid by timeshares in the state by 385%. The State sees no downside to increasing taxes on timeshare owners as nearly all timeshare owners are Non-Hawaii residents and don’t vote. However, every Sands of Kahana owner is a Hawaii landowner and spends significant money to visit Maui on a yearly basis. Continuing to increase the ownership burden on timeshare owners will have a …

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