Friday's editorial urged the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District to "try again."
I strongly disagree with that approach. The lopsided vote clearly points out that voters in Kennewick and Richland, where the water park wouldn't be located, listened to the argument that more municipal pool capacity was needed throughout the Tri-Cities.
Further, the votes were cast that way even after it was pointed out that the proposal to convert each of the city municipal pools into year-round "regional" aquatic centers was going to cost the taxpayer 20 cents per $100 purchase vs. 10 cents for the aquatic center proposal.
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There is an adage that goes something like, "If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you already got." In this case, I believe the voters want the regional PFD to think outside the box and respond to the vote the way it was.
Don't put the same measure back on the ballot. Put a multi-city pool conversion project on the ballot. This will do what the voters expect.
More people can learn to swim if you have more than one indoor year-round swimming pool. Let's do something that benefits us all.
VICTOR EPPERLY, Kennewick