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Future of TRAC hot topic with county and city leaders

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PASCO, Wash. -- Franklin County Commissioners want to make sure that if the TRAC facility is transformed into a regional aquatic center, agricultural and equestrian events still have a home in the area.

County commissioner Brad Peck has suggested transferring ownership of TRAC to the city of Pasco, and using any proceeds to buy land north of Pasco for an equestrian center.

Right now, the county and city subsidize TRAC to cover the $400,000 in annual losses. But the city's obligation to absorb that debt ends in 2014.

"The PFD board is discussing whether we can transform some of that into an aquatic center. And the county is obviously having other conversations," says Pasco City Councilwoman Rebecca Francik.

The city uses money collected by hotel taxes to pay the $200,000 subsidy to help TRAC.

Francik and other city officials couldn't talk about the future of where that saved money could go.