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Supporters Say Proposed Aquatics Center Could Save Lives

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Supporters of the proposed Regional Aquatics Center say the facility could save lives.

According to the Washington state Department of Health there were at least 103 drowning deaths in the state last year. But supporters say if the aquatics center is built, it would offer affordable, year-round swim lessons to help families stay safe in the water.

"low income families, disproportionately, those children are dying from drowning across the nation because they don't know how to swim," said Jerry Tyler with the Benton-Franklin Health District.

Voters will decide in August if they want to raise local sales tax by point one percent to pay for the project.

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