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Criminal Justice Tax Meeting

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Benton County criminal justice leaders are trying to convince voters that a new 0.2% tax will keep them safer.

At the Benton County Justice Center Wednesday, Tri-Cities police chiefs and other county leaders said the money would be used for putting more officers on the streets, to improve the county's mental health program, and make the legal system more efficient.

City leaders have scheduled 5 town meetings across Benton county over the next three weeks:

Kennewick -- Wed., Sept. 5th, 7pm, Benton PUD Auditorium

West Richland -- Tues., Sept. 11th, 7pm, Benton Fire Protection District 4 Facility, 2604 Bombing Range Road

Prosser -- Mon., Sept. 17th, 7pm, Benton PUD

Richland -- Wed., Sept. 19th, 7pm, Richland Community Center

Benton City -- Thurs, Sept. 20th, 7pm, Kiona-Benton Middle School

Each town hall meeting will be about one and a half hours long and is designed to inform people about how the new tax will work and what it will pay for.