Crime tax adding up in Franklin County

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- KEPR is following up on the money that's come in since the sales tax went up in Franklin County. The increase is going towards a new jail. And more money is coming in than expected.

County leaders originally estimated $137,000 to come in from the higher tax every month. But since June, the average amount has been $157,000. Franklin County used some of that extra money for the Juvenile Justice center and gang-prevention programs.

"There is some gang activity with the juveniles, so it made sense to assist with demands they have."

If this trend continues, we could see more improvements on fighting crime around Franklin County. The money has to go towards crime-enforcement.