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Commissioners review 2013 TRAC budget for facility that keeps losing money

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PASCO, Wash.-- The future of the TRAC in Pasco is a hot button issue and much of the dispute lies in the finances.

Franklin County commissioners are reviewing department budgets for 2013 and Monday, the TRAC's budget was under the spotlight.

The commissioners are crunching numbers and going line by line through every department's budget for 2013. Monday, they focused on the TRAC center in Pasco, which continues to lose money each year. According to the state auditor, the TRAC loses about half a million dollars a year.

The City of Pasco and Franklin County currently split that tab, but the city's obligation for their share could be up within a year and a half. Recent talks between the city and county to transform the TRAC into an aquatic center to generate revenue came to a halt. The TRAC isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but there is an ongoing struggle to figure out how to pay for it.

"There's still a lot of work to be done to write the 2013 budget. At least as it stands now, we'll continue to maintain TRAC as we do. We may or may not have missed the opportunity to keep TRAC and add a water facility," says Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck.

The future of TRAC is uncertain, but the adjacent RV park is doing well and earning one hundred thousand dollars a year. Those earnings end up being used to cover some of the TRAC's losses.

As the commissioners comb through the budget, they are searching for ways to eliminate anything they can to cut back on excess spending.

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