Clarkston City Hall receives Aquatic Center signed petition

CLARKSTON, WA - An initiative petition that would require the City of Clarkston to provide funding for the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center was turned in to Clarkston City Hall Friday.

Organizers turned in over more than 800 signatures to Clarkston City Clerk Vickie Storey. Former City Attorney Scott Broyles filed the petition a little over a month ago. It calls for the amendment of a 2007 City ordinance that allocates sales tax revenues to the City's general fund.

"The council has been pretty firm so far in their belief that we have budget constraints here and that we need to be careful with our money," said Storey. "I don't know if this will change their mind or not."

If approved, the initiative would require the entire .03% optional sales tax collected by the City to be used for maintenance, operation, and debt services of the Aquatic Center. Storey says the petition is not valid because too much time has passed for a referendum. She said the next step is to consult the City's attorneys on the issue.