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Final Criminal Justice Tax Meeting

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BENTON CITY, Wash. -- The last of the Benton County Criminal Justice Tax meetings happened Thursday night in Benton city. But do county leaders think they were successful?

Benton County Sheriff Larry Taylor says attendance at the meetings was lower than he expected. But he says he thinks coverage by the local media helped get the information out.

The proposed tax would include a two-tenths of a percent increase and would fund a variety of criminal justice programs. Taylor says now he and other criminal justice leaders will speak at a few civic group meetings in a last attempt to inform voters.

Taylor says, "Other than that we'll just wait and let the voters decide what happens in November."

He said many people had questions about who will be paying for the tax. He says everyone: business owners, property owners, and visitors will all pay the increased sales tax. He says the two exceptions are when buying a new car and during the first 36 months of leasing a vehicle.