Ongoing Series { A closer look into public expenditures

It’s Your Money: Sooey! Honolulu Pig Control Costs $1,400 Per Head

Editor's Note: This is an installment in our occasional series, It's Your Money, that looks more closely at public expenses that taxpayers may not realize they're being asked to pay.

If Mayor Peter Carlisle hosted a luau the pig might be a little pricey, especially if it came from one of Honolulu’s botanical gardens.

In the last five years, the city has paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch to trap, shoot and kill 233 feral pigs that root around in the gardens, dropping feces and damaging the tropical and native flora that grow there.

The city has so far spent about $305,000 on this pest control effort, and is expected to add another $52,000 to the total in the coming year.

That breaks down to about $1,400 per pig.

For that amount, you could take 15 friends to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a luau and evening show.

You could take a few more if everyone got the kamaaina discount.

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