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Walla Walla Looks to Raise Taxes to Fund Anti-Gang Program

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - The Walla Walla City Council is considering raising taxes in order to increase anti-gang activity.

The council on Wednesday will consider a proposal to use $169,542 in banked-levy-capacity taxes, as well as take an additional $40,778 in taxes beyond a state mandated cap for the city, to fund more initiatives to combat gang violence.
 
The cap comes from state law that says cities can increase taxes up to 1 percent or the rate of the Implicit Price Deflator - a measurement of increase in cost of goods and services - and must take the lower of the two.
 
The council will need a supermajority to pass the resolution of need to fund public safety programs.

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