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Staples Speaks out Against Prosser Courthouse Expansion

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PROSSER, Wash. -- Former Judge Fred Staples took advantage of Wednesday's County Commissioner's meeting and brought up the idea of moving the Benton County Seat.

County staff had claimed they were running out of space and planned on spending $15 million to expand the Prosser Courthouse and the Justice Center in Kennewick. The expansion would cost the county roughly $15 million. 

Staples says not a dime should be wasted in expanding county offices in Prosser. He insists that the county seat should be moved to the Tri-Cities. County staff say moving the county seat will cost more than $30 million. 

Staples disagrees. He has collected 16,000 signatures to put the county seat move on the ballot. He only needed 14,000, but still wants more to be safe.