A newly created public agency, lacking any record of achievement, is asking Kennewick, Richland and Pasco taxpayers to fund, construct and operate at a significant annual loss, a lavish $36 million aquatics center in Pasco.
Pasco's economic development will be subsidized by Kennewick and Richland residents. Pasco gets economic benefits, while Kennewick and Richland residents get higher taxes. Pasco residents will suffer 500,000 additional traffic visits up and down heavily congested roads 68 and 100.
Aquatics center amenities are already provided by the private sector's Splash Down Cove in Kennewick and Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland. Tri-City residents should not be forced to fund such comforts in Pasco.
Lacking any picturesque or natural surroundings, the aquatics center would offer panoramic views of the Interstate 182, Broadmoor Mall, or on a clear day, Walmart. This location makes the $9 price of admission for local, much less out-of-area patrons, a very hard sell.
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Tri-City residents should reject funding the aquatics center.
ROBERT M. WINTER, Richland