Kennewick Voters Will Decide Whether or Not the Convention Center will Expand
One week from today is election day.
Tonight, we're focusing on Kennewick, where voters will decide on a potential expansion of the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
The convention center may double in size if voters approve a sales tax increase.
The increase would be one-tenth of a cent, or one cent for every $10 spent in Kennewick.
The city wants to expand the center to attract more conventions in order to bring in additional revenue.
Mayor Steve Young said it would be great for the city if the proposal 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, so it's very important for the community and especially for the City of Kennewick to get that done," said Young.
One local woman said it's a waste of money.
"There's a lot of other things we could spend the money on instead of making a better facility," said Susan Lee, a Kennewick resident. "I think there's a better way to bring in revenue. I understand it can help with jobs but I'm sure there's other ways we can bring more money in to the community and taxing? Hmm, no."
If voters do pass the measure next week, construction can begin as early as next summer.