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Criminal Justice Tax Narrowly Failing

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- As of Tuesday night, the two-tenths of one percent sales tax increase proposal that would help fund law and justice needs is failing 52% to 48%.

Only about a third of the ballots have been counted so far, and because of that, the people pushing the new criminal justice tax are still optimistic.

Supporters KNDU talked to as these first results were announced today say they're surprised because there's never been any formal opposition to the plan.

A lot of surprise on their faces today as those numbers were handed out.... Of course failing 52-48 right now. But they say this has been a battle since the start and with the close vote they're not ready to call this race done with.

"Flip of the coin.  We gotta wait until tomorrow and see the next count, and then maybe wait until the next day and then see the next count," said former Kennewick Mayor Bob Quay.

"It's still up in the air at this point, but a lot of times the initial returns you don't see much of a change as it goes through and, you know, the good news is it is very close, the bad news is you always hope for a bigger return in your favor," said Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg. 

The proposal would raise the sales tax by two-tenths of a percent to pay for more Police officers and relieve pressure on the judicial system.