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.Dolce&Gabbana Silver Dolce and Gabbana 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.Silver Strappy Suede Heels New Vintage 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.
Giuseppe Zanotti Grey Suede Rock Crystal Embellished Bow Flat Thong 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
Bionda Castana Gold and Black Milano Sandals,Valentino Gold Mena Bow Open Toe Slingback Heels Metallic Leather Sandals,Christian Louboutin Blackissima High Heels Sandals,Aquazzura White Wildflower Satin Bridal Sandals,Marc by Marc Jacobs Silver 645039 Sandals,Steve Madden Brown Leather Tall Gladiators Sandals,Pierre Hardy Black/White New Python Ankle Tie Cuff SandalsTory Burch Royal Tan Gold Thora Tumbled Leather Metal Logo Sandals,Tory Burch Blue White Gold Navy Stripe Leather Miller SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti Black "I50072" Swarovski Crystal Accented T-strap Suede Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Purple Leather Pump Sandals,Vince Black Addie Open-toe Buckle-back Sandals,Tory Burch Black / Gold Bryce Flat SandalsAncient Greek Sandals Beige 12 Sandals,Rag & Bone Black with White/Brown Trim Leather Platform SandalsFirth Nude Leather Ankle Wrap Sandals,Jimmy Choo Nude Ivette Strappy Patent SandalsPrada Navy Crosshatch Rubber Flip-flop SandalsTory Burch Black Perforated Logo New In Box Thatched Sandals,Via Spiga Pink Patent All Leather Cut Outs Slingback Zabrina2 Sandals,Valentino Black Garavani Rockstud Pumps 6 Sandals,Christian Louboutin Leopard Print Hair Peep Toe Sandals,Joie Black Natural Leather Flip Flops 7.5m Sandals,Diane von Furstenberg Black Dvf Slingback Suede Red Heel Crossover Sandals,SCHUTZ Pearl New High Bohemian Gladiator Bone All Leather Sandals,Brian Atwood Pewter Black Marseille Open Toe High Heel Sandals,Dsquared2 Black New Women T-strap Rhinestones Leather High-heels Stilettos Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Bisque Bead Tan Leather Nearlynude Women's High M Sandals,Valentino Water Rose Pink Rockstud Flat Thong SandalsJimmy Choo Black Gold Woven Caged Trim 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.Ann Demeulemeester Black New Open Toe Velcro Strap Leather Sandals,
Marni Black Leather Platform Ankle Strap 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.
Vince Camuto Black Aphrodite Leather 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.Tory Burch Reef Green New Colori Jelly Flip Flop Flops 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 Bright Navy Gold Bryce Flat 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.Dior Marina Slides Mules Logo Black Flats 38 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.Rachel Zoe Camel Brooklyn Tumbled Leather Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Valentino Garavani calf leather sandal with signature Rockstud trim.
0.5" flat heel.
Two buckled ankle straps.
Made in Italy.
“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.Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Flats with Silvertone Hardware Sandals,
“Tory Burch Off White Thora Sandals,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Givenchy Black Calf Leather Double Strap Slide 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.Saint Laurent Nude Tribute T-strap Sandals,
Birkenstock Silver Metallic Gizeh Birko-flor Sandals,Mystique Boutique Tiger and Gold Sandals,Tory Burch Ruby Jewel New In Box Dillan Soft Patent Leather Sandals,Vince Preston 3 Slip-on Sneakers. - 12 Sneakers,Saint Laurent Royal Blue Ysl Sandals,Jimmy Choo Blue Denim Margo Sandals,Marchesa Black-nude Women's Maddie Heel Sandals,Tory Burch White Leather Miller Sandals,Tory Burch Bleach Pearce Thong SandalsJimmy Choo White Nano Optic Jeweled Cage Flats Gladiators Sandals,Missoni Multi Color For Converse High Top Sneakers SneakersDonald J. Pliner Taupe Feigel Leopard Sandals,Vince Grey Python Embossed Leather Nava Sandals,DV by Dolce Vita Black Suede Strappy Cage Booties Sandals,Tory Burch Royal Tan Tumbled Leather Logo Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Fango Moore Flat Thong Sandals,Miu Miu Camel Caramel Leather Gold Studded Ankle Strap Flat Sandals,Jimmy Choo Snakeskin Sazerac Sandals Size US,Gianvito Rossi White New Ankle Strap Leather 39eu Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Corsetica Slingback SandalsRebecca Minkoff Bronze/Black Bellina Ankle Strap Sandals,Tory Burch Floral-print Flip Flops Sandals,Tory Burch Yellow New Leticia Logo Leather Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Design Brass Embellished Sandals,Charlotte Olympia Black Crystal Embellished Suede Coquette Flower Embe Sandals,Guess By Marciano White Black and Royal Blue Sandals,Christian Louboutin Rainbow White Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Naseeba 120mm Latte Pride A879 SandalsSCHUTZ Black Blake Caged Leather SandalsTory Burch Coral Pink White New Floral Flats Thongs Flip Sandals,Tory Burch Poppy Coral Daisy Floral Perforated Flat Thong Sandals,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.