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Criminal Justice Sales Tax Likely To Pass In Benton County

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The first count of primary ballots in Benton County show the Criminal Justice Sales Tax passing by about 53%. The first count of primary ballots in Benton County show the Criminal Justice Sales Tax passing by about 53%.
BENTON COUNTY, WA – The first count of primary ballots in Benton County show the Criminal Justice Sales Tax passing by about 53%.

If the final results remain about the same the tax will add three pennies to every $10 purchase in Benton County. It will also establish a mental health court and add more officers to help bring down the 12% crime rate increase we saw last year in Kennewick.

Already this year the Tri-Cities has seen it's share of major crime and horrific incidents that officers have said could all possibly be helped with this new tax.

"I think with some of the crimes, especially the serious ones that have happened recently, it just brings to the forefront the fact that public safety is important," said Al Wehner who is the campaign manager for Citizens For Safe Communities and a former Captain for the Richland Police Department.

The proposition does include a sunset clause. Ten years from now the tax would eventually end. The needs of each city were spelled out in a report from a citizen’s advisory committee before it was presented to county commissioners and placed on the ballot.

Final counts Wednesday will include votes mailed in on Tuesday but the result is most likely to stay the same. 
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