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Justice Tax Stalled

KENNEWICK, Wash.- A possible compromise on the issue the push to raise Benton County's sales tax to help pay for more law enforcement. 

Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver wants to build a new facility for criminals with mental and substance abuse problems with hopes it will keep them from returning to jail.

If you remember a group is trying to raise the county's sales tax to help fund the criminal justice system.

Oliver says his plan is a compromise that wouldn't cost taxpayers anything additional, instead, it would save taxpayers by making sure those people get help that will keep them from being arrested again.

"I'd really like to see us going to get bad people with law enforcement, and a person with a substance about or drug abuse problem, they got problems, they need help, and, let's get them the right kind of help," he said.

The Commissioner cites other counties around the nation that have had success with these types of centers.

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