OLYMPIA – Thurston County Commissioners have agreed to continue their support of two projects under the Public Facilities District (PFD) program. The two projects, as determined by Lacey, Olympia , Tumwater and the County, are the Regional Athletic Complex near Lacey and the Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia .
Commissioners this week confirmed their earlier agreement to pay "fair market value" for 26 acres of land for the Regional Athletic Complex. That financing, through the Conservation Futures Fund, Allows about $2M of the PFD funds to be used for the museum while still greatly expanding the athletic complex. Commission chair Bob Macleod says the board is pleased that the PFD process is moving forward. "We are happy to be able to continue our support for these facilities that will greatly benefit the citizens of Thurston County . We are grateful to Nancy Peterson of Lacey and Doug Mah of Olympia for coming up with the compromise that has allowed this process to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion."
Commissioners thanked City of Tumwater council members for their willingness to set aside an aquatic center proposal in order to facilitate an opportunity to move forward with the Public Facilities District.
The Commissioners have sent letters to the three cities indicating their willingness to continue the PFD process. Work is on going by all of the jurisdictions to meet the June 30th deadline contained in the compromise worked out by Olympia and Lacey.