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Yakima County's 3/10th's law and justice sales tax approved by large margin

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin calls this 78% approval of the 3/10th's sales tax an affirmation that the people will not let criminals run Yakima County.

As the auditor handed out results some races were close, but that wasn't the case with the 3/10th's of a penny law and justice sales tax. As a self-imposed tax it needed voter approval to continue or it would sunset at the end of 2010. The sales tax works out to be 30 cents on every $100 purchase. The sheriff's office alone receive's around one million a year from the tax.

Local law enforcement see this as a huge support and moral booster. 

"It's a reminder to our employees that the publics behind them 100% well 78% behind them and also it's the public saying we're not going to let criminals run Yakima County," said Irwin.

The tax funds deputies, officers and other law enforcement personnel. Some of the funding also goes to the prosecutor's office.

The 3/10th's tax will now be extended from 2011 to 2016.

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