The proposed aquatics center deserves a big NO vote. First, it is not the duty of government to entertain the citizens. Second, a "forever tax" is insane. Levies to pay off bonds have a beginning and an end, as they should. Third, a 25-meter pool is absolutely inadequate for competitions. A 50-meter pool with sufficient seating for those attending is needed. Fourth, and most critical, the Tri-Cities currently has three "aquatics" facilities and would have had a large public park if not for the economy and then the PFD's decision to pre-emptively compete with private enterprise.
No government entity should be in competition with private industry and that is exactly what the regional public facilities district is doing. Instead of a private company building and running an aquatics park -- providing services, tax revenue and employment -- the PFD is shutting those out, taking millions of dollars off the tax roles and forcing people to pay, forever, for a money-losing white elephant.
Remember, we had an aquatics park that failed, closed and was razed on Canal Drive several years back. Please be responsible and vote NO on the aquatics park.
DAN HAGEDORN, Richland