Letter: Regional PFD should act fast to get measure on ballot

December 5, 2013 

Letter: Regional PFD should act fast to get measure on ballot

I have a couple suggestions for the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District. First, instead of waiting until a meeting in March, why not move quickly on a decision so the board can put a measure on the ballot in a timely manner?

There is a very limited window of opportunity, as I see it. A vote needs to occur after the early spring 2013 school operating levy elections and before Benton County puts its law enforcement sales tax measure on a ballot in November 2014 or earlier. It's not a good idea to put a Tri-Cities Regional PFD sales tax measure on the same ballot as either of these other measures.

Second, use a community forum to let the community hear all the proposals so they can then let the Tri-Cities Regional PFD know the communities' preference.

The PFD would have some indication of voter sentiment without expending thousands of dollars on another election that could well miss the mark. Have all ideas presented.

The sooner the Tri-Cities Regional PFD takes action, the more likely it will be that they can put something on the ballot before they are sunseted.

VICTOR EPPERLY, Kennewick

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