Honolulu City Council members are seeking to provide relief to Oahu property owners caught off-guard by a hike in property taxes this year.

In June, the City Council approved Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s proposal to increase the tax rate for non-owner occupied properties worth $1 million or more from $3.50 to $6 per $1,000 valuation.

The measure was aimed at increasing taxes for people with investment properties, or second and third homes on Oahu.

But some owners who live in their homes have complained that they missed the deadline for filing for an exemption from the