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New House Bill would provide the Tri-Cities with Regional Facilities District

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KENNEWICK, Wa;--House Bill 2525, which is sponsored by Rep. Nealy from Dayton, would allow the Tri-Cities to have a Regional Public Facilities District. They could now pool money and resources to get public projects completed.

Some examples of projects built by Public Facilities Districts are the Toyota Center and Convention Center in Kennewick. Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco each have their own Public Facility Districts, but the new bill would create a Regional District that would let the three cities pool money and resources to complete major public projects, such as aquatic centers, performing arts centers and stadiums.

Not only would this allow the Tri-Cities to come together to finance projects that would benefit the entire region, it would also provide new jobs. Construction that would need to be hired, new employees for the new Regional Facilities District, and anybody that would work at the new sites that would be built by the Regional Facilities District.

Now the measure passed in the House on a 94-1 vote. This is the first bill for Rep. Nealy to make it all the way through Legislature. The bill now heads to Governor Gregoire's desk for her final approval.