Franklin Co. Commissioner worried sales tax could affect possible justice tax
PASCO, Wash.-- The number three tenths of one percent is an ironic one; because that's exactly how much Franklin County asked voters for when they wanted a criminal justice tax in November for an expansion to their crowded jail.
Voters shot the measure down.
Now if lawmakers add a state sales tax to chip away at the budget gap, Commissioner Brad Peck is afraid they will have even less of a shot to get voters to approve the criminal justice tax this election cycle.
"Part of the reason that its so unfortunate," he says. "Is that there is a genuine need locally for those criminal justice dollars and I'm not convinced that there is an equal priority at the state level."
Meanwhile, Olympia is furiously trying to combine a Senate and House tax package before their short session ends on Thursday. The plan would add around $800 MM to the state revenue in it's first year and a half.