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No End Date for Proposed Aquatic Center Sales Tax Increase

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PASCO, Wash.-- Voters will decide next month if they approve a sales tax increase to fund a Tri-Cities regional aquatic center.

But one major complaint people are saying is if the tax increase is approved, there is no determined end in sight for the tax.

If Tri-Cities voters decide they're willing to approve a one-tenth of a cent sales tax increase to fund a regional aquatic center, it appears that tax will continue indefinitely.

The sales tax revenue will go toward an annual $2.5 million bond payment and facility operating costs not covered by ticket and concession sales.

The bond will last for 25 years, but once that bond is paid off there are no current plans to end the sales tax.

With no end date in sight, it would likely go up for a vote again to decide where the money would go.

"Going to be a 25 year bond. Once those are paid off, the tax would continue. Then what would happen is if another project is selected, it would have to go to the voters to decide if they wanted the continued tax as collected to go towards that new project," said Don Britain, Regional PFD Board.

Britain says after the 25 year bond is over, the PFD would evaluate where the sales tax money could go next.

He says that with time, the facility will make up operating costs and could bring in over $1 million from visitors a year.

For now, the aquatic center bond has an end date, but the tax does not.