The public board proposing a sales tax increase to pay for expansion of the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick has settled on the citizens who will draft the official pro and con statements for the voters pamphlet.
Jim Beaver, Don Hart and Ron Hue, all of Kennewick, will serve on the pro committee, writing up the statement in support of the proposed one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase that will go before Kennewick voters in the Nov. 5 election.
Bob Dowle of Kennewick will serve on the con committee, crafting the statement against. He was the only applicant.
Each committee can have up to three members.
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The Kennewick Public Facilities District Board confirmed the committee appointments during its meeting Thursday night -- another step on the road to bringing the proposal to voters.
Ballots will be mailed in mid-October.
The sales tax increase is estimated to raise $1.5 million annually, with the money used to pay down bond debt incurred to finance the expansion and improvement of the Grandridge Boulevard facility.
The priority is adding a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, said Corey Pearson, executive director of the Three Rivers Campus, which includes the convention center. He has said expansion is needed to keep the convention center competitive in the region. It's had to turn away business because of space issues.
The sales tax measure will be the second one to go before Kennewick voters in recent months.
A one-tenth of 1 percent increase for a regional aquatics facility and water park was on the Aug. 6 primary ballot in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, but it failed with 55 percent against.
In other business Thursday, the board heard an update on the master plan process for the Three Rivers campus and some surrounding land.
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @saraTCHerald