Election letter -- Public safety tax: Yes

May 6, 2014 

The Aug. 5 primary election has the Benton County public safety sales tax measure on the ballot. This measure is much needed and will provide an excellent return on investment to county residents as well as those in adjacent communities. Crime has no boundaries.

Public safety is just that. Every citizen has the right to be guaranteed safety in their community. Part of the responsibility of being a citizen is sharing in the cost of public services. The 0.3 percent sales tax is a very small price to pay to help insure the safety of us all. That is only 3 pennies on a $10 purchase. This measure has a sunset clause, meaning it will expire in 10 years.

The population of Benton County is growing rapidly and we need to provide the means to the legal system to keep up with that growth. As an example, Kennewick's population has grown by almost 50 percent in the past dozen or so years, yet the police department has grown by only one officer.

Research this measure, as I have, to see the benefits. Go to citizens4safecommunities.com. I encourage everyone to support the Benton County public safety sales tax Aug. 5.

BRUCE DONNER, Kennewick

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