Letter -- Public safety tax: Yes

April 29, 2014 

As the former director of security for the Department of Energy at Hanford, I have seen firsthand the partnerships that our local law enforcement agencies have developed to best serve the citizens of their respective communities. These cooperative efforts with other local, state and federal entities have helped maximize their effectiveness and efficiency when dealing with limited resources. I know law enforcement has done everything reasonably possible to give citizens the best return for their tax investment.

I worked very closely with our law enforcement leaders during my career at DOE, and I know when they tell us they need our help, we better listen. Right now, that help is the Benton County public safety sales tax. I trust these leaders because they have been extremely good stewards of our money and our safety. They say the 0.3 percent increase (3 cents on a $10 purchase) is what is needed to meet the needs of our local criminal justice system. Anything less will mean a reduced quality of safe living in our community.

As voters, we have a chance to make a difference and help make our communities safer. I encourage others to support this ballot measure.

JIM SPRACKLEN, Kennewick

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