Kennewick Police Chief's 2013 report shows "Crimes per 1,000" has steadily declined during the last 10 years by 55 percent. Richland's overall crime rate is down 21 percent. Benton County major crime rates were down 15 percent in 2013. Pasco's crime rate dropped 6 percent.
And yet, we need more police officers? What is going on here? I support public safety but when the facts contradict the words I hear and read, this tax increase request doesn't pass the smell test.
And while I am at it, leave the sales tax alone. In fact, put it back to 8.1 percent where it was in 1994. If I remember correctly, it went to 8.3 percent with a five-year sunset clause. Many sunsets have come and gone but the tax remains at 8.3 percent.
Someone shared an idea of marketing Benton County as one of the least-taxed counties in the state, thus making that an economic driver for more retail sales. That I could vote on.
VINCENT RUNDHAUG, Kennewick