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Clallam GOP comes out against sales tax proposal

October 11th, 2017 - 05:30 am

(Port Angeles) – The Clallam County Republican party is coming out against a sales-tax increase proposal to fund juvenile justice.

The local GOP's central committee voted in favor of a resolution asking voters to say no to the proposal.

The county is seeking approval to raise the sales tax one tenth of one percent to fund the juvenile detention facility. The county is required by state law to have the facility.

Local Republican party chair Matthew Rainwater says the party supports the work being done with juvenile justice, but thinks a sales tax increase is not the way to fund a bigger budgetary issue.

Rainwater says juvenile justice issue is an example of another unfunded mandate handed down to local governments when it should be the state's responsibility to fully fund.

Voters will decide the local tax proposal on this fall's general election ballot.  

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