Proposed Sales Tax Increase

<p>Convention Center Expansion</p>

Convention Center Expansion

The Three Rivers Convention Center may double in size if voters approve a sales tax increase.

The Kennewick City Council approved a sales tax increase proposal to head to the ballots in November.

The city wants to expand the center to attract more conventions in order to bring in additional revenue.

The sales tax increase would be one-tenth of a cent, or one cent for every $10. 

Mayor Steve Young said it would be of great benefit for the city if the bill passes.

"If we don't do the expansion, then of course, we're going to lose some of the conventions that come here and they're going to end up in Spokane who has a bigger facility," said Young. "So it's very important for the community and especially for the city of Kennewick to get that done."

Young says many convention planners have visited the current facility and decided not hold their conventions there simply because it is too small.

If voters do pass the measure in November, construction can begin as early as summer of 2014.