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County offers Paauilo lands for long-term leasing

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The County of Hawaii is inviting farmers, ranchers and other interested applicants to bid on long-term leases for 718 acres of county-owned lands at Paauilo.

The 16 parcels of land range from less than 13 acres to nearly 110 acres, and are available for 10-year leases. The minimum rental price will be $11.63 per acre per year, which is based on an outside market appraisal of the land.

“We are pleased to be offering these lands up to the community to put them back into productive agricultural use,” Mayor Billy Kenoi said. “These lands have been sitting idle since the county first acquired them about 16 years ago, and we believe putting these lands back into production will provide a welcome boost to our agricultural sector.”

The county will host an informational open house 4-7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Paauilo Gym to discuss the details of the new leasing program, and to answer questions from the public.

All proposals by bidders must comply with the current agricultural zoning on the Paauilo lands, and must meet the terms of Hawaii County Council Resolution 38-11. All proposals must be received by the county by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2011.

For more information, contact the county Property Management Division at (808) 961-8069 or visit www.co.hawaii.hi.us

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