Leaders from Franklin County and Pasco Placing Criminal Justice Tax on Ballot
PASCO, Wash-- The Franklin County Sheriff says this tax will be about three cents on every $10 spent in the county.
The county wants to build a 225-bed jail and renovate the current jail. The jail was built to only hold about 105 people, but is sometimes holding more than 200.
The Mayor of Pasco, the Sheriff, and Commissioners say that's the reason they are joining forces to ask voters to pass this tax. They say crime in Pasco has lowered by almost 80 percent in the last ten years.
They cite one of the reasons being for holding criminals for their entire sentences. The Sheriff says building a new jail will help increase the quality of life in the county.
"There have been a lot of homes purchased in Franklin County and Pasco in the last few years people have made that investment and if the crime rate stays down then those investments should continue to grow because of the quality of life and it's a nice place to live," said Sheriff Richard Lathim, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The Mayor of Pasco also says investing in a new jail will lower the crime rate and in return increase the value of homes in Pasco. The criminal justice tax will be on the ballot in November.