The Kennewick City Council hashed out priorities and goals for everything from community safety to responsible government Tuesday evening.
Expanding the Three Rivers Convention Center needs to be one of the city's top priorities, said Kennewick Mayor Steve Young.
Councilman Paul Parish said the city needs to move forward and get a 0.1 percent sales tax for the expansion on the ballot this spring.
"It is the destination space for a convention center in the Tri-Cities," he said.
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The Kennewick Public Facilities District board plans to add a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall onto the convention center.
As part of community safety, Kennewick City Manager Marie Mosley said the city is looking at focusing more on substandard housing with code enforcement.
The goals and objectives will be the basis of the 2013-14 budget that city staff will present to the city council, Mosley said. It will help in determining where to make cuts or additions.
If revenues don't increase, the council has to be prepared to decide what to cut and what to preserve, Young said.
Community safety is one of the city council's five areas of priority, which also include economic development, infrastructure and growth, quality of life and responsible government.
Staff members aim to maintain community safety-related services, from police and fire to safe streets, she said.
Councilman Don Britain said it's critical to determine how to sustain funding to hire police officers and firefighters so the city can maintain public safety service levels.
For economic development, the goal is to support existing businesses and create family wage jobs, Mosley said. That means attracting industrial development and businesses.
It is important to maintain current infrastructure and add needs to keep up with growth, she said.
For quality of life, maintaining parks and offering diverse recreation options are part of the picture, Mosley said.
Responsible government includes transparency and creating a sustainable future, from budgeting to public records, she said.