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.MISS Cole Haan Anica Sandals Excellent quality,
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.LADY FreeBird Plum (Brown) Coal Boots/Booties Reliable quality,
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.
ladies Etienne Aigner Brown/ Gold Boots/Booties Good market,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
WOMEN Tory Burch Orange Casey Flats Practical and economical,LADY Tibi Black Asher Flat Boots/Booties Queensland,woman Tony Lama Camel Boots/Booties Excellent features,Ladies Anyi Lu Black Callie Boots/Booties Affordable,WOMEN Vince Camuto Brown Kolton Boots/Booties Ideal gift for all occasions,Ladies Lucky Brand Black Nwot...bray Boots/Booties Elegant and solemn,ladies Dr. Scholl's Brown C-inka Boots/Booties Practical and economical,ladies Tory Burch Pink Thora Sandals Really,Ladies Matisse Toffee Brown Gunslinger Boots/Booties a wide range of products,Ladies Tory Burch Camel Vicua Boots/Booties Quality and quantity guaranteed,Ladies Lime Suede Yellow Leather Boots/Booties Comfortable touch,womens AllSaints Black Aiko Ankle Boots/Booties quality products,LADY Mark Nason Gray Boots/Booties The newest styleMISS Bottega Veneta Navy Blue Boots/Booties Many styles,womens Balenciaga Black Knee Boots/Booties to buy,WOMEN Tory Burch Light Brown/Camel Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance,WOMENS Black Premium Quality Boots/Booties Characteristic,ladies Colin Stuart Dark Tan Boots/Booties Aesthetic appearance,LADY Kali Denim White Boots/Booties Popular tide shoesWOMENS Maripé Dark Tan Boots/Booties New,WOMENS Tory Burch Gray Jelly Flats Professional design,ladies Rockport Black Comfort Flats Average costs,women Hunter Blue Festival Boots/Booties First group of customers,WOMENS Madewell Black Tali Boots/Booties Different styles and styleslady Halogen Black Brianna Leather Boots/Booties to buyladies Madden Girl Black Flats durable,LADY Pour La Victoire Green Boots/Booties Bestsellers worldwide,WOMENS Beige Platform Ankle Boots/Booties Different styles,LADY Janie and Jack Yellow Flats Used in durability,woman Munro Silver Leather Sandals International choice,
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.Women's Tory Burch Laila Flats Reliable reputation,
women Clarks Brown 85059 Boots/Booties New design,“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.
Ladies Laurence Dacade Black Badely Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,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.woman Herstyle Grey Boots/Booties Professional design,
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.MISS ALDO Taupe Boots/Booties Primary quality,
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.WOMENS Dolce Vita Green Boots/Booties impeccable,
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.womens Jessica Simpson Coganc Brown Boots/Booties Different styles,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
I love these pair of booties. They were my favorite until my feet grew 1/2 size and they are to small for me. They are true to size. Very comfortable and super cool.
They have nike air which helps. They are very sexy but again super comfy!
The shoe laces and the back of the heel are leather. Very good quality here.
“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.LADY Giuseppe Zanotti Black Desia Boots/Booties a wide range of products,
“WOMEN Naturalizer Tan Natural Boots/Booties Elegant and stable packaging,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
lady Tory Burch Brown/Blue Boots/Booties New design,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.LADY Halogen Gold Leather Espadrilles Flats New products in 2106,
ladies Walter Steiger Black 4662 Boots/Booties a great variety,womens Vaneli Black Patent Stretch Boots/Booties Free,woman Barneys New York Beige Boots/Booties Repairwomens Hunter Bubblegum Pink Boots/Booties Good quality,lady Black Motorcycle Boots/Booties Buy online,womens Prada Silver Argento Flats Nice,Women's Alice + Olivia Reese Sandals economical,lady Minnetonka Brown Layer Fring Boots/Booties Nice and charming,lady Tod's Black Brogue Ankle Boots/Booties economical,WOMEN Breckelle's Gail26 Bootie new entry,MISS Red and Turquoise Boots/Booties Elegant and robust menu,WOMEN Old Gringo Brown Multi Boots/Booties Beautiful design,women Manolo Blahnik Nude/Blush Pink Flats Discount,womens Sand Classic Style In Sandals Ideal gift for all occasionslady Tibi Brown Jean Ankle Boots/Booties Highly praised and appreciated by the audience of consumers,WOMEN Aquatalia Black Drawn Boots/Booties High quality and low effort,woman Hunter Grey Tall Boots/Booties environmentally friendly,womens Marc Fisher Tan Aprillr Boots/Booties Let our products go out into the world,woman Bearpaw Green Boots/Booties Pleasant feeling,WOMEN RED Valentino Leopard Ballerina Flats Most practical,womens Etienne Aigner Brown Loafer Flats Popular recommendation,MISS Arturo Chiang Brown Riding Boots/Booties Exquisite workmanship,ladies Fendi Black Patent Boots/Booties qualitywomen Dr. Martens Black Doc Boots/Booties Stylish,MISS Prada Beige Suede Boots/Booties Modern,womens Prada Magenta Suede Ankle Boots/Booties environmentally friendly,womens Ralph Lauren Collection Taupe Flats Quality firstLADY Chloé Ballerina Flats At an affordable priceWOMEN Paul Green Brown Nubuck Boots/Booties diversitywomen Acne Studios Black Pistol Boots/Booties Easy to clean surface,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.