KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The proposal for a Tri-Cities regional aquatic center is one of the most anticipated races this primary. After years of planning and debates over the facility, voters are rejecting the one-tenth of a cent sales tax increase to fund the center.
Tuesday night, 55% of voters said no and 45% voted yes.
Franklin County voters approved of the center more than Benton County voters.
Supporters of the facility gathered at the Benton County Auditor's Office to see Tuesday night's results and were disappointed in the low turnout. Only about 25% of voters cast a vote in both Benton and Franklin Counties.
"One would hope, when you have something up for the good of the community that improves our community, that people would get out and support it and not take a vacation," said Randy Willis, aquatic center supporter.
This might not be the end for a regional aquatic center. Strong supporters like Willis say they plan to continue to push for the facility.
The Tri-Cities Regional PFD could vote to put the aquatic center back on the ballot in November.