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Surprise Decision Could Change Future of TRAC

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PASCO, Wash.

The much debated proposal to transform the TRAC in Pasco into an aquatics center could be dead in the water. Franklin County Commissioners passed a surprise motion Wednesday to suspend all negotiations with the Pasco Public Facilities District.

It was a decision that seemed to come out of thin air and wasn't in any agenda. In a 2-1 decision, commissioners decided that all discussions between Franklin County and the PFD to sell the TRAC will come to an end.

Commissioner Rick Miller brought up the motion, and Miller along with Commissioner Bob Koch voted to pass it. Commissioner Brad Peck voted against it.

Commissioner Peck told NBC Right Now that when the City of Pasco's contract ends in 2014, and they are no longer responsible for part of TRAC's bill, the county just cant cover the cost.

"We just cannot justify the expense of doing it. It makes sense for some other entity to own it, operate it, just like it is. Just take the county out of the equation," said Commissioner Peck.

However, Commissioner Miller says the numbers don't add up that way for him.

"I explained my figures here of how much money we do get in revenue and how much we do lose in TRAC and I don't feel it's the amount that has been stated, " said Commissioner Miller.

Miller also added that when the city's contract expires, he is hopeful they will sign a new contract and continue to help support the facility.

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