KENNEWICK, Wash.- It's designed to help fight crime, and Wednesday a public group gets behind the proposed Benton County Criminal Justice sales tax increase.
This has been a two year battle just to get this issue on the ballot, now that it's set to go to a vote, a group calling themselves People for Safe Communities is heading up the public effort to make sure it passes.
The proposal would raise the sales tax by two-tenths of 1% to help put more officers on the street and more criminals behind bars.
The group acknowledges that no one likes a tax hike.
"It's not a lot and yet i understand that taxes are increasing and you have to increase. I'm on a fixed income myself. I retired two years ago so those are important to me. To me this is an issue of quality of life and a safe community," said Bob Quay, Co-Chair of PFSC.
The tax would cost an estimated $24 for the average family in Benton County, and large purchases like cars, are excluded from the increase.