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Aquatic center finances uncertain

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PASCO, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District has yet to make any decisions about a possible regional aquatic center. Wednesday night's meeting left the board with more questions than answers.

When Franklin County pulled the TRAC out of the running as a possible location for the Aquatic Center, the Pasco P.F.D. had to scramble to find a new spot for the facility.

Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield presented the board with an updated plan but it wasn't enough to convince the board to move forward. Now, Crutchfield will spend the next few weeks refining the project's budget and financing plan. He will also be working to see if the city of Pasco can help foot the bill, which could be a deciding factor for the board.

"The total operating cost, beyond revenue, would be covered by the Regional PFD. That makes the Regional PFD a bit uncomfortable," said Steve Young of the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District.

Under the original proposal, Pasco would have provided $200,000 in annual funding for the aquatic center. But that money will now continue going to the TRAC, as part of the city's prior agreement with Franklin County. 

The Regional P.F.D.'s project committee is scheduled to meet the week after Thanksgiving and a final decision should be reached on the aquatic center at the board's December meeting.

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