Benton County Group Wants To Increase Sales Tax For Police
RICHLAND, Wash. - The Richland City Council supported a move that would ask Benton County voters what they think about an increased sales tax on the November ballot.
The Benton County Criminal Justice Citizen's Advisory Committee is a local group that is pushing for the tax money to go towards Benton County law enforcement agencies.
The group has been studying local crime statistics for two years and said there is just not enough money for the police.
Group member Richard Nordgren said they want to increase sales tax by three-tenths of one percent, which he said equals about 37 dollars for the average Benton County family per year.
Nordgren said more funds need to go towards fighting crimes like identity theft, drug arrests and property crimes
Nordgren said, "But the bottom line is to do the job that the citizens want done, there's going to have to be new sustained funding."
Tuesday night Richland City Council gave their support to give voters a say on the November ballot. Kennewick and Prosser Councils have already given support.
The final decision on whether or not Benton County voters will be asked on the ballot this November will be decided by the Benton County Commissioners Wednesday night.