The proposed one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase to pay for a regional aquatics facility and water park in the Tri-Cities officially has failed.
Results of the Aug. 6 primary election were certified Tuesday, and the aquatics proposal drew 13,715 yes votes, or 45 percent, to 16,770 no votes, or 55 percent. It was on the ballot in the cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.
There also was little change in several other races in Benton and Franklin counties. The race for the 8th Legislative District senate seat was narrowed, along with races for two Port of Kennewick commission seats, Prosser, Richland and Kahlotus city council spots, the West Richland mayor post and spots on the Richland, Pasco and Kiona-Benton City school boards.
A Benton Fire District 2 tax levy passed with 68 percent approval.
Voter turnout in both counties reached about 33 percent. The general election is Nov. 5; ballots will be in the mail in mid-October.