Sales tax hike fails

The ballot measure to impose an additional .15 percent sales tax on Kitsap County residents to pay for additional law enforcement efforts faced long odds from the start and ultimately couldn’t overcome them.

With gas prices currently through the roof and the state having helped itself to an even larger share of everyone’s paycheck during this year’s legislative session, the public was in no mood to approve additional taxes for anything short of an emergency.

Right or wrong, the voters told law enforcement officials they’re more or less satisfied with their current level of safety they’re getting for what they’re already spending. Until either the current level of service — or their tax bills — are cut significantly, don’t expect that to change.

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