PAUL ROY, Kennewick
We should remember that the TRAC is not an equestrian center. It is a Trade, Recreation and Agricultural Center (TRAC).
State audits show TRAC loses (costs taxpayers) nearly $500,000 every year.
Therefore, the right answer (offered by Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck) was to stop the loses and create a win-win situation for the citizens.
Sell the TRAC to the Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District at a fair or even bargain price.
Then a water park (lots of room on TRAC's 31 acres), and a floor in the arena could be added so it could be used for more than just horse events.
From the proceeds of this sale, the county could have also built a new equestrian arena in the south part of the county if there was a need for bigger horse arena.
This would have allowed for a water park, an equestrian arena and TRAC's current facilities while distributing any losses across the entire Tri-Cities.
Unfortunately, the other two commissioners reneged on selling TRAC without so much as a courtesy call to the PFD officials, who were negotiating in good faith.
While TRAC is losing nearly $500,000 a year, counties are releasing dangerous gang members from juvenile justice early because of budget shortages.
Where are our priorities?