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Without New Sales Tax Crime in Yakima Could Go Up

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Law enforcement agencies across the valley are trying to get voters to renew a sales tax.

It's in place now and voters will be able to vote whether to continue the current three cents for every $10 purchase.

Sheriff Ken Irwin says the tax pays for more than 98 full-time officers in Yakima County. It totals more than eight million dollars.

Irwin also says without this tax, many agencies would have to significantly cut down on staff and this could impact crime in Yakima County. 

"This is nothing flamboyant...this is nothing big and glitzy we're trying to make sure to maintain basic services here so that the community can grow," said Sheriff Ken Irwin.

Voters first approved this sales tax in 2004. The tax expires at the end of the year and will be voted on in November.
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