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Tri-Cities Public Facilities District board to make decision

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Members of the Tri-Cities Public Facilities District Board are expected to make a big decision at their public meeting on Wednesday night.

After a year of discussions and preparation, the board plans to discuss the proposals and details of the four different projects being considered for development, and choose one to present to the public for a vote next year.

The projects include an exhibit hall at the three rivers convention center, an aquatic facility, a performing arts center, and helping the Hanford reach interpretive center.

Matt Watkins, the Public Facilities District Board Manager and Mayor of Pasco, said, "One of the critical things is this has to be a Tri-Cities project, and so we're going to need broad consensus from all the participants in Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, the three representatives from each. I'd like a unanimous decision."

If the board comes to a decision on Wednesday, the board will put the proposed project up for a vote in fall of 2013.   

The public would then decide on supporting a 0.1% sales tax increase to create the funds to develop the project.

The meeting on Wednesday night is open to the public. It will be held at Richland City Hall at 5:45 PM. Anyone who wants to attend will have a brief period to address any concerns at the beginning of the meeting.