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Yakima Valley Museum to get $100,000 Worth of Upgrades

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima County Commissioners have set aside $100,000 for upgrades to the Yakima Valley Museum.
The money comes from a sales tax on hotel and motel stays in Yakima County.
The museum's director said the money will go toward increasing storage capacity and adding more lights and signs to their Neon Garden.
Organizers are looking forward to the upgrades, but are even more excited to be recognized as a strong tourist attraction in the community.
"We're also excited not just for the funds but also the recognition by the County Commissioners and the community that the museum does contribute to the tourism traffic," said John Baule, the Yakima Valley Museum Director. "In fact, roughly 60 percent of our visitors come from outside the area."
Baule said the last time they made any improvements was more than ten years ago. They hope to start the upgrades in the fall.