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What's Next for Tri-Cities Regional Aquatic Center?

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- It was a packed room and mostly positive words for the first Regional PFD meeting since voters sank the proposal to build a regional aquatic center.

During last week's primary election, 55% of voters shot down the one-tenth of a cent increase to build a Tri-Cities Aquatic Facility.     

Wednesday's meeting gave board members the chance to re-group, discuss why the proposal failed and figure out what to do next.

Some asked if the Tri-Cities is "ready" for regional projects, but others added that it could still pass in the future.

Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins told us the board doesn't plan on moving focus to any other projects, "I think we put forward the most popular project, the smallest tax increment possible, the best value. And that didn't pass. I'm no sure any other projects should go in front and be considered otherwise."

Many community members also spoke out Wednesday, and had mostly positive words asking board members to keep trying for the facility.

Board members say they plan to see how voters respond to the proposed sales tax increase for the Three Rivers Convention Center expansion in November, before making a decision.

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