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Public Support Growing for CJ Tax

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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.