1.-TRI-CITIES, Wash.- Residents of Benton and Franklin counties will soon see a new tax to help fund services at the proposed Behavioral Health Crisis Recovery Center in Kennewick. The sales and use tax will affect Franklin County residents beginning April 1 and Benton County residents July 1. Commissioners in both counties approved the sales tax a few months ago.
2.- TRI-CITIES, Wash.- Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the "Move Ahead Washington" transportation package on March 25. The package consists of $17 billion in financing, with $3 billion designated specifically for public transportation, like Ben Franklin Transit, over 16 years. "Move Ahead Washington" could bring $50 million to $70 million to BFT, but they must adopt a policy of free fares for people under 18.
3.- TRI-CITIES, Wash.- A local non-profit organization held its annual fundraising event last night to ensure that its events remain free for its participants. rodeo rascal hosts rodeo events for people of all ages with special needs, and last night they held their 8th annual Honky Tonk Hoedown fundraiser.
4.- TRI-CITIES, Wash.- The time of high gas prices is not ideal for many people who return to work. Around the Tri-Cities, commuters are starting to look for other forms of transportation. Local bike shop owners say buying a bike doesn't have to break the bank. If current gas prices hold steady, you'll pay more at the pump in the long run.