Election letter: Reject aquatic center

July 22, 2013 

I'm not in favor of the aquatic center proposal but not for the usual reasons. The regional public facilities district (PFD) did their due diligence and polled the community on which of several projects they would like to have. By the narrowest of margins, the aquatic center prevailed. But that's not what has me concerned.

In last Sunday's paper, Vic Epperly hit right on the crux of this proposal -- it's a sales tax that never goes away, not ever. In addition, section 3(c) doesn't restrict the PFD to just the aquatic center. Once it's under way -- should this monster be approved -- they're free to gallop off to their next pet project. And this end runaround our taxing system has a never-ending supply of pet projects.

OK, it's "only a penny" on a $10 purchase. But put that penny into a different context. Let's say the next car you buy costs $15,000. The PFD tax will add $15 to that cost and it'll be spent on something you may never use and might actually have voted against. Frankly, I'd rather squander that fifteen bucks on groceries.

Please join me in voting down this proposal until someone comes up with a better plan.

BOB DOWLE, Kennewick

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