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Law Enforcement Talks on Mental Health Funding

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Proponents held another meeting Monday on the push to pass the proposed criminal justice sales tax in Benton County, this time focusing on mental health funding.

Legal and medical leaders met in Kennewick to talk about how the tax would affect mentally ill offenders who they say can take much of the burden off the system if they're treated.

"Those are the individuals that are a danger to themselves, a danger to others and then just have they're a danger to the officers, that have to supervise them, but also to the other inmates," said Benton County Sheriff Larry Taylor. 

The proposed tax had drawn controversy when a county commissioner refused to vote for it, saying it didn't adequately address the mental health issue.