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Passage of Prop-Two would fund the needs of only the aquatic center

Passage of Prop-Two would fund the needs of only the aquatic center
CLARKSTON, WA - In the upcoming General Election, Asotin County voters have the option of increasing sales tax.

KLEW News learns more about Proposition-Two and how it would affect locals.

A broken water heater, bare bones staff, and a pool that's open only during certain times of day. Those are just a few concerns Director Nick Bacon said he'd like to address if they had more money.

"It's going to be more expensive to replace that pool heater than it would be to have it routinely, repeatedly, regularly, fully serviced," Bacon.

Which is why the Asotin County Commission worked with Bacon to develop a Public Utilities District. And if the voters pass Proposition-Two, the PUD is the recipient of a two-tenths-of-one-percent sales tax.

"Which would equate to two pennies on a ten dollar purchase excluding purchase of food or medicine," said Bacon.

A Washington State Department of Revenue study estimates the tax would bring in approximately $500,000 every year.

"Build cash reserves for things like equipment repair and replacement, preventative maintenance and capital replacement," said Bacon.

Bacon said they're still in the developmental stages of creating a long-term plan for where the potential revenue goes. But if it passes he said they'd immediately expand their hours.

Increase our lifeguard staff, increase our front desk staff to cover those hours of operation," said Bacon.

Currently, the indoor pool is only open early in the morning and late afternoon. It's closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 along with the outdoor pool which is closed for the season.

If the Proposition passes, the money couldn't be used to fund anything but the needs of the aquatic center.
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