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Towns seek tax for police, jail costs

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NCW — Omak, Tonasket and Brewster will ask voters who live in their towns to increase sales taxes to help pay for criminal justice costs or fire protection services.

City officials said police departments are their largest cost, and losses in sales tax revenues over the last four years have resulted in cutbacks.

All three towns will ask voters for a 0.1 percent increase in sales taxes on the Nov. 5 ballot to help fund their criminal justice services. In…

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