The Mariners and the Public Facilities District agreed in May on terms for a 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium. But the deal is contingent on the county council a proposal to send $180 million in hotel-motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.Christian Louboutin Black Daffodile Leather Pump Platforms,
A divided King County Council on Monday questioned the Mariners over a plan to give $180 million in public funds toward fixes at Safeco Field, kicking off a debate over whether the money could instead be used on housing.Christian Louboutin Tan Suede Peep Toe Sandal with Fox Fur Vamp - Platforms,
The Mariners and the Public Facilities District that oversees the ballpark had agreed in May on terms for a potential 25-year extension to the team’s lease at the stadium, which expires at the end of this year. But the deal is contingent on the county council approving Executive Dow Constantine’s proposal to send $180 million in hotel and motel tax revenue toward capital projects at Safeco.
The council had its first opportunity to publicly vet the plan Monday ahead of a committee vote that could happen as soon as Aug. 29 — and a full council vote in September.
Christian Louboutin Red Lady Clou Platforms,The council framed the issue largely as a choice between giving the money toward the stadium or using it to build affordable housing. Under state law, 75 percent of the lodging tax revenues in question will go toward housing and the arts — split evenly between the two categories — and the remaining 25 percent can go toward promoting tourism, such as the Mariners’ ballpark, or something else such as housing.
Most Read Sports Stories
- 'An amazing opportunity for Seattle': NHL group touts Northgate practice facility as asset for area VIEW
- Sockeyes or Totems? Announcing the winner of our (unofficial) tournament to name Seattle's NHL team VIEW
- The Final Word: Bob Condotta reviews what he got right and wrong about Seahawks vs. Rams
- Q&A with Washington defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake: 'We know the bull’s-eye’s on us' WATCH
- Sports on TV & radio: Local listings for Seattle games and events
Dior Brown Gold Strappy Sandals - Platforms,BC Footwear White and Gold Formal ShoesSergio Rossi Brown Metallic Water Snake PlatformsChrissie Morris Teal Pink Blush Seafoam Black Art Deco Stingray Shagreen Pastel 40 Platforms,Calvin Klein Black Ganessa Nubuck Leather Wedges,Brian Atwood Blue Heels Crystal Peep Toe Stiletto Pumps 9 1/2 Platforms,Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Black Leather Gold Heels Formal Shoes,B Brian Atwood Turquois Fontanne Suedeplatform Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Beige Highness Peep Toe Pump PlatformsDerek Lam Yellow Wooden Metallic Crystal Pastel Sandals. 40 Platforms,Jimmy Choo Nude Patent Leather Ankle Strap Cork Sandals 40) Wedges,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Pumps Platforms,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Collection Patent Leather Leopard Platform 40/10 Wedges,Vic Matié Brown Studded Ankle Strap Sandals Platforms,BCBG Paris Nude Platform Ten Tan Being Ankle Strap High Heels Stilettos Mary Jane's Sexy Boot Booties Mcm Max Wedges,Christian Louboutin Leopard Print "Lady" Spike Pump Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Satin Slingback Peep Toe Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Dark Navy Cream Gold Espadrille Wedges,Franco Sarto Dark Brown Peep Toe Espadrille Wedges,Kenneth Cole Dark Navy Ellis Le Wedges,Christian Louboutin Grey/Creme/Silver Athena Alta 100 Pyt Luc/Spec Platforms,Salvatore Ferragamo Blue Dark Open Wedges,Christian Louboutin Orange * Vendome 120mm Suede Peep Toe Pump Rouge Imperial Platforms,Bakers Black Open Toe Sequin Slim Heel Formal Shoes,Kanna Tan Python Multi Leather Toe Platform Strap Sandals Jute Wedges,Tory Burch Black/Gold Raleigh 90mm Wedges,Dr. Scholl's White The / Feel Crazy Good WedgesDonald J. Pliner Patent Leather Ankle Strap Wedges,Christian Louboutin Gold Mary Jane Wedges,Stuart Weitzman Red Patent Leather Wedges,
he meeting featured an hour and a half of comments from an overflow crowd that exceeded 50 people, mostly housing advocates and others opposing the stadium financing plan. They carried signs reading “homes over home runs.”
But the most heated part of the meeting came when council member Dave Upthegrove, who is leading the charge against the stadium financing, got a chance to question Mariners executive Fred Rivera.
Upthegrove noted the value of the Mariners, now estimated at $1.45 billion by Forbes, has grown by $1 billion in the past seven years.Christian Louboutin Black Round Toe Pumps Platforms,
Christian Louboutin Gold Metallic Peep Toe Platforms,“Given that, why couldn’t (the Mariners) fund these upgrades rather than drain public resources?” Upthegrove said to uproarious applause from the crowd, some of whom noted the team’s majority owner, John Stanton, has a net worth valued over $1 billion.
Christian Louboutin Nude/Camel Very Prive Platforms,Rivera, the team’s legal counsel and an executive vice president, pushed back, noting that the Mariners were eyeing over $800 million in stadium fixes and upgrades over the 25-year lease and that the team would be paying for the vast majority of it. He said the stadium is a publicly owned facility and added that the Public Facilities District, with board members appointed by the county and state, had agreed to the public-funding request.Christian Louboutin Beige Nude Altareva Leather Open Toe 41 Euro Platforms,
He also pointed to the team’s positive impact on the local economy and tax base. And he implied the club’s revenues could take a hit in future years as part of the general concern in baseball that fewer fans are attending games.Christian Louboutin Black Alta Vicky 160 Leather Heels Pumps 36 Platforms,
The Mariners say the $180 million in public funding would go toward necessary fixes to the stadium’s roof, electrical system and other nuts and bolts of the park. The team also plans to fund some $180 million worth of upgrades, including new clubs, concessions and kids areas.Christian Louboutin Red Snakeskin Highness Platforms,
Councilman Rob Dembowski also seemed skeptical of the Mariners funding plan and asked pointed questions at the meeting.
But at least two council members, Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Pete von Reichbauer, appeared supportive of the plan and sympathetic to the Mariners.Christian Louboutin Black Rampoldi 120 Suede Ankle Strap Heels Platforms,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Christian Louboutin Gorgeous pewter, dark silver Kid leather platform peep toe "Lady Gres" pumps. Knot detail on toe. Includes dust bag. EU 39 1/2
Soles have been repaired and added grip .
“For me it doesn’t have to be an either/or, mutually exclusive situation (to fund Safeco vs. housing),” she said.
Von Reichbauer noted that local officials had to battle to make sure the Mariners didn’t move away before Safeco Field was built and added that he didn’t want another “nose-to-nose battle.” He said he wanted to “publicly thank the Seattle Mariners for providing” what he said was one of the the last family friendly destinations in the region and brought up the MLB attendance decline multiple times.Stella McCartney Rose Gold Elyse Star Platforms,
“Stella McCartney Black and White Elyse Star Platforms,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Christian Louboutin Black Simple Pump On Platforms,Council President Joe McDermott, along with von Reichbauer and Kohl-Welles, had previously co-sponsored the general resolution on spending the lodging tax funds — the plan that includes the ballpark funding. Other council members in attendance asked mostly neutral questions at Monday’s meeting.
The Mariners have said if the county rejects the funding, it would sign a short-term lease to stay at Safeco for up to five years, then go back to the drawing board to negotiate a long-term lease.
The $517 million ballpark, which opened in 1999, was funded largely by taxpayers.Christian Louboutin Black and Red Prive 120mm Platforms,
Christian Louboutin Black Bianca 140mm Round Toe Patent Pump Platforms,Giuseppe Zanotti Magenta Denny Suede High-heel Sandal W/ Bow Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Daffodile 160 Calf Graine Platforms,Saint Laurent Red Tribute Patent Leather 'tribute' Platforms,Saint Laurent Hot Pink Tribute Classic Ysl Sandals PlatformsChristian Louboutin Nude Miss Benin 38.5 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Dark Burgundy Pump Platforms,Christian Louboutin Nude Suellena Deco Laser Cut 120 Heels Pumps 37.5 #645 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Faolo Boot 160 Shiny Calf Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Apron Lili 120 Veau Velours Euro 37.5 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Lame Leopard Daffodil / Daff 38 PlatformsChristian Louboutin Black Miss Fast Plato PlatformsJimmy Choo Magenta Liz Suede Platforms,Christian Louboutin Multi-color Greissimo Pump 140 Platforms,Saint Laurent Mocha Tribute Patent Platforms,Christian Louboutin Dark Blue Banana 140 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Beige Alti Cork Platforms,Christian Louboutin Denim Jean Blue Cataclou 140 White Wedges Sandals Platforms,Christian Louboutin Gold Botticella Alta 150 Laminato Dino/Specchio Platforms,Jimmy Choo Gold Tayten Glitter Lam Peep Toe Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Gold Glitter Peep Toe Heels Platforms,Christian Louboutin Silver High Heel Sandals Platforms,Christian Louboutin Gold Leather Peep Toe Heels 41) 480800 Platforms,Valentino Nude Couture Bow Pump Platforms,Christian Louboutin Lady Peep 150 Patent Pump PlatformsPrada Rose Natural Calzature Donna Platforms,Charlotte Olympia Yellow/Zebra Polly Zebra-print Calf Hair Pumps PlatformsChristian Louboutin Black Cataclou Studded Sandals Gold Wedges Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Jamie 160 Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Black Leather Alti Pump 160mm Platforms
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.