Election Preview: Mesa County Public Safety Sales Tax

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Public safety currently takes up about half of Mesa County’s budget. Yet the sheriff's office says crime is on the rise, and the DA has 20 pending murder prosecutions.

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And they both agree, they need to be more proactive.

If passed, the 0.37 percent increase in sales tax would give an estimated $7 million a year to the sheriff and DA’s offices, to help pay for things like new hires and equipment.

The sheriff department funding would go towards adding more deputies for preventive paroling. The DA funding would go toward covering costs for more staff.

Opponents say the tax increase would give law enforcement a blank check, and they should instead focus on needs rather than wants

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