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Benton City Begins Commercial Development Project

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BENTON CITY, Wash.--Mayor Brian Robinson along with city leaders say the water and extension project is phase one of a commercial development project.

Two years ago, the city purchased around nine acres on the south side of I-82. For years, Benton City has struggled in making their town commercially appealing.

As a result, there is hardly any sales tax revenue to help keep the city running. But that will all change if a new mayor and new city council keep the project going.

"It's hard to really put a dollar figure on it, but when you have more commercial development, the city gets sales tax," says Bob Spinks, Benton City Engineer. And that really helps them run their city.

Spink says they have already received interest from corporations such as McDonald's, Texaco, and Best Western Hotels. The project is scheduled to finish by March 2008.