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.Saint Laurent Black Yves Satin Peep Sandals,
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.Vince Black Leather Talya Slingback Pump Sandals,
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.
Tory Burch Black Stamped Floral Miller Printed Patent Sandals,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
Tory Burch Brown 9.5m Bryce Flat Thong Sandals,Burberry Green New In The Box Heeled Stilettos Sandals,Tory Burch Orange Two Band Jelly Slides Sandals,Prada Tan & Black Strappy W/ Rinestones Sandals,Rebecca Minkoff Black Rosie Suede Open Toe Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Buckle Detail Brown and Green Sandals,Prada Black Velvet Pool Slide SandalsALA?A Blush Tan with Laser Cut Accent Sandals,Tory Burch Brown Pamela Wedge SandalsManolo Blahnik Metallic Dark Bronze Ankle Strap Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Survivita 100 Gold Spike Studded Heels Slingback 37.5 Sandals,Sigerson Morrison White & Gold Foil Chunky Sandals,Rodolphe Menudier Peach and Gold Strappy Sandals,adidas Raw Green/Rawgreen/Clemin Solar Drive W Sneakers,Salvatore Ferragamo Red Jelly Bow Sandals,SCHUTZ Leopard Print Pelo Venere Natural SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Coral Red / Tan Patent Slingback Sculpted Heel Sandals,Tory Burch Black Patent Leather 'thora' Flip Flop Sandals,Kendall + Kylie Black Studded SandalsManolo Blahnik Black Patent Leather Heels 35.5 Sandals,Dior Black Christian A Doub Tour Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Yellow/Gold Women's Snakeskin Heels (29747) Sandals,Marc Jacobs Multicolor Roxy and 9 SandalsSaint Laurent Black Jane Classic Ankle Strap Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Patinana 100 Strass Crystal Heels 7/37 Sandals,Beverly Feldman Black With Rhinestones Sandals,Vince Camuto Brown Multi Color Stones Gold Trimmed Sandals,Diesel Black White and Gray Magnete Exposure Hi-top Sneaker Sneakers,Dolce&Gabbana Red Dolce and Gabbana Watersnake Criss Cross Wedge Platform Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Silver Leather Criss Sandals,
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.Jimmy Choo Black Veto Leather Silver Studs 7 Sandals,
Stuart Weitzman Black Croc Embossed Heels Sandals,“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.
Marni Bronze Mauve Leather with Metallic Leather Trim Sandals,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.Giuseppe Zanotti Silver Saoirse Ronan Rocks Platform Sandals,
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.Tory Burch Black White Dot Thora Sandals,
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.Giuseppe Zanotti Rosegold Footcandy Sh E10197 Sandals,
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.Donald J. Pliner Multicolor Pony Hair Peeptoe Heels M Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Tory Burch Espadrilles!
Comes with shoe box!
True to size
Colors are navy and white
Comfortable shoes that are perfect for spring/summer
“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.Fendi Runway Crystal Crocodile Black Leather Heels Sandals,
“Miu Miu Red Leather Sz: M Flat Sandals,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Tory Burch Beige Gold Multicolor Brown and Embossed Leather Miller Sandals,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.Valentino Poudre Pvc Rockstud Pool Slides In Dusty Pink Sandals,
Giuseppe Zanotti Beige Velvet Harmony Ankle Strap Sandals,Christian Louboutin Natural/Black Raffia Twist Front Slide Heels Sandals,Tory Burch Navy Blue & Green Flip Flops Sandals,Prada Black Grained Rubber Thong SandalsChristian Louboutin Brown Bikee Bike Spiked Leather Sandals,Dior Blue Christian New Runway Silk Tapestry Heels with Silver Accents Sandals,Alberta Ferretti Brown Snakeskin and Satin Sandals,Aquazzura White Spin Me Around Sandals,Lucky Brand Black Ankle Strap Wood Wedge Sandals,Prada Caramello Tan Double Strap Ankle Strap Sandals,Tory Burch Royal Tan New Moore Flat Thong Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Multicolor I50094 Strappy Holographic Leather Gladiator 38.5 (8.5m) Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Black Tabaka Satin Jeweled Evening Sandals,Fiorentini + Baker Dark Brown Great Leather In Eur Sandals,Miu Miu Black Spike Studded Patent Leather Cork Wedge Sandals,J.Crew Multicolor Slingback Flats In Punchy Floral 5m F1290 SandalsTory Burch Black Mignon Ankle Cuff Sandals,Tory Burch Miller Black Patent Sandals,Maiyet Silver/Tan Ankle Tie Desert (9m) SandalsStuart Weitzman Black The Nudist Sandals,Badgley Mischka Beige Basile T-strap Dress 073 Ivory SandalsCharlotte Olympia Blue & Green Ursula Satin Platform Sandals,Jil Sander Silver Flat Slide Sandals,Mystique Boutique Blue Evil Eye Slide Sandals,Prada Black With Flower Trim SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Silver Reduced Wings Metallic Flat Thong Sandals,Valentino Black Bow-embellished Satin Slingback SandalsJimmy Choo Beige Camel Kid Leather Strappy Heels (43067) Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Suede Alien Sandals,Eileen Fisher Black New Folly Leather Flat Slide Sandals,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.