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Benton County Criminal Justice Tax Public Hearings

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Organizers prepared for the second public forum about the Benton County Criminal Justice Tax proposal that'll be on the November ballot.

Some say they will feel safer because of the tax and Tuesday at the fire station on Bombing Range Road in West Richland the public will had another chance to voice their opinions and learn more about the criminal justice tax.

The new tax would fund all kinds of criminal justice programs. The money would be used for putting more officers on the streets, improving the county's mental health program and make the legal system more efficient.

If you didn't make Tuesdays meeting three more are scheduled. The next is in Prosser on the 17th at the Benton PUD then in  Richland on the 19th at the Community Center and Benton City on the 20th at Ki-Be Middle School. All meetings start at 7.

The two-tenths of a percent proposal is a compromise from a previous three-tenths offer. It's expected to cost a family of four around 26 dollars more a year.