Questions raised about options if public rejects possible tax
RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District met to discuss four area wide projects requiring voters to approve a sales tax increase. But if they say no, then what?
A 0.1% sales tax increase could bring in $40 million dollars for funding. But if tax payers say no, will plans for an aquatic facility, performing arts center, convention center expansion, or funding for the Hanford Reach go away?
Maybe not says board president Matt Watkins, "most of the four projects that have been short listed are truly regional projects with one exception being the reach. Richland can still do the reach part and hopefully do their first phase together."
The smaller projects like funding the Hanford Reach, or expanding the convention center are much easier options for a separate city board, compared to the other two larger projects being considered.
Watkins adds boards in each city can still pursue their own projects, but it would be extremely difficult to find $40 million dollars alone.