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Tri-Citians Will Have the Final Say on the Proposed Aquatics Center August 6th

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NBC Right Now-  The Tri-Cities Public Facilities District will now leave it up to voters in August as to whether the proposed year round Aquatics Center will make a splash in the area come 2015.

The Board approved the 13-acre proposed aquatics center to go on the August 6th voter ballot.

They also approved the final proposed design of the center, which includes 40-percent of its amenities indoors.

The proposed final project is estimated to cost $35.5 million and would cost taxpayers a 0.1% sales tax increase. The sales tax increase breaks down to one penny for every ten dollars.

The Board says the proposed aquatics center will not be just a summer hot spot.

Regional PFD Board member Don Britton said,"I hear a lot of talk about the water park facilities in Moses Lake and Hermiston. And those are excellent summer facilities, but they're not year round. This is year round.  So, there's a big difference between a seasonal water park and an indoor aquatics center slash water park."

The proposed aquatics center, if passed by voters this August, it will be located off of Sandifur Parkway in Pasco and expected to make a splash in the summer 2015.