Franklin County commissioners were updated this week about the agreement between Franklin County and Pasco on the TRAC facility.
Bowen said it recently was notified that the agreement to share TRAC's operational costs does not end next year but will expire in 2024.
Bowen said Pasco could ask to be let out of the agreement next year when the bonds for building TRAC expire, but the county would have to agree.
Commissioners have been concerned that the city, which pays about $200,000 toward TRAC's annual operating losses, would try to pull out, leaving the county to shoulder the entire $400,000 annual shortfall.
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"A pull-out requires the city and county to each sign off," Bowen explained.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield agreed.
"We (all) were working on the understanding that when the bond financing agreement expired the city would have no further obligation for paying our share," Crutchfield said.
But a re-reading of the interlocal agreement confirmed that the parties are obligated to share operating expenses for the full 30-year contract, he said.
Commission Chairman Brad Peck welcomed the news because county officials have been concerned about how they will cover the full expense.
"We had anticipated being saddled with the costs, but now the energy to find a new role for TRAC is behind us. This may be just what we need to have time to make the TRAC improvements we need," Peck said.