Election issues that will cost you money in November

Election issues that will cost you money in November »Play Video
GREATER TRI-CITIES AREA, Wash. -- You've got your ballot and counties are looking for your vote -- and often your money. KEPR is taking a look at just the issues that would specifically cost you money this election. We broke it down.

Dave Falcon lives in Umatilla County. He says he always wants what is best for his community. Which is why he plans to vote yes to all five issues on this election's ballot.

"I think these are worthwhile things that you know, everything you do is a risk, you never know for sure, but these seem like fairly solid commitments that I think would definitely help the community," said Falcon.

He says even though it would mean more tax dollars out of his own pocket, he's still for it.

There's always that risk, you know, unfortunately, part of taxes is paying for these things."

He wants to see better schools and better law enforcement. That's what these property tax hikes are supposed to bring. A bond for Blue Mountain Community College would add more land and upgrade current facilities. Two others property tax increases for Umatilla County would include adding sheriff's deputies and centralizing dispatch. Both are expected to help lower crime.

Regardless of the tax hike that would occur, if a lot of these issues passed, the general consensus of the people we spoke with is, if it helps the community, they will vote yes.

"I think it will be worth it, and it will be good for the community," said Hermiston resident, Jessica Delacruz.

Issues in Benton County will cost voters money. Including an increase to the sales tax to expand the Three Rivers Convention Center. It's expected to cost the average household $20 a year.

People living in Fire District One will also vote on raising property taxes to keep services in place. The same type of thing is happening in Franklin County for Fire Districts Three and One.

Walla Walla County doesn't have any ballot issues to raise taxes this November. But the rest are looking for more money -- to make changes to your community.

Our entire area votes by mail-in ballot. In Washington, they must be postmarked by election day, November 5Th. In Oregon, they must be in hand at the elections office on election day. A postmark won't count.