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Tri-Cities Regional PFD Discusses Future After Election Losses

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RICHLAND, WA-- The Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District board will meet Wednesday night to discuss the recent election failures of two proposed sales tax increases.

The tax hikes would've paid for a regional aquatic center and the expansion of the Three Rivers Convention Center.

The defeats signaled that citizens apparently aren't willing to pay for PFD projects.

The board will talk about recommendations for the future of the PFD potentially abandoning the board all together. But some members are still holding out hope.

"There will come a time when voters are willing and where a need arises that is compelling enough to convince the voters. When that will be, I don't know," said Richland Mayor John Fox, a Tri-Cities Regional PFD board member.

Fox says adding a defined end date to the proposed sales tax increase will also be considered.

But he also says it may be time to give voters a rest from these PFD proposals before bringing them back for another vote.