House approves Klippert’s public facilities district bill

Measure would allow local cities to combine resources to fund regional facilities

A bill that would allow multiple contiguous cities to form a single public facilities district (PFD) to pay for a regional project or projects cleared the House of Representatives today, 93-3.

Rep. Brad Klippert, the prime sponsor of House Bill 2299, says a single super PFD that could be formed in the Tri-Cities under this legislation would give the municipalities greater financing abilities to construct facilities that could benefit the entire region.

“In my area, we have the Pasco, Kennewick and Richland public facilities districts. This bill allows an overlying PFD to be created. Representatives from each of those PFDs would be elected to represent the municipalities in this one super PFD,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick. “When they decide on a project that none of the municipalities individually could afford, but collectively as one super PFD they could do, that project is put out to a vote of the people within those communities. Voters get to say yes or no.”

Klippert said a 2006 study identified at least 18 potential projects which could be funded by a “super PFD.” Topping that list would be a regional aquatics center and a performing arts center.

The 8th District lawmaker also proposed an amendment, which passed, that ensures there will be no cost to the state.

“We have an excellent opportunity for this Legislature to allow the people of their individual public facilities districts to provide for their own needs without having to come to the state,” concluded Klippert.

The measure was approved just hours before the Legislature's 5 p.m. deadline, in which House bills must be passed out of the House or are considered dead for the session. The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

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