Letter -- Public safety tax: Yes

June 10, 2014 

For most of us, probably nothing contributes to the quality of life that we cherish in our communities more than the sense of security and safety. On Aug.5, Benton County voters will have an opportunity to strengthen our security and safety by approving the aptly named public safety sales tax.

During the 34 years I served in the Benton County justice system, no local ballot proposition has been more carefully reviewed by community members and more thoughtfully formulated, detailed and comprehensively focused by its proponents than this one.

A visit to the website of the supporting community group, Citizens for Safe Communities at citizens4safecommunities.com, will confirm that the proposed public safety sales tax is carefully tailored and limited to specifically identified critical needs within our criminal justice system. Every law enforcement agency and court in our county, and indeed every resident, will benefit.

It is a tax of limited duration, expiring in 10 years; of modest cost, adding just three pennies to a $10 purchase; and of substantial benefit, dedicated entirely to our common security and safety. I encourage everyone to join me in voting for the Public safety sales tax in the August primary election.


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