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.lady Saint Laurent Nwot Black Flats Special Price,
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.WOMEN Black Magnolia Gizeh Sandals Pleasant feeling,
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 JustFab Camel Brown Boots/Booties Modern,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
Ladies Chloé Scalloped Flats Elegant and robust menuwomen White Leather Boots/Booties Elegant style,Ladies Modern Vintage Black Boots/Booties Cheaper than the price,MISS Stuart Weitzman Black Tieland Boots/Booties Different products,woman Free People Whiskey Royale Flats Fashion patternWOMENS Tory Burch Black Derby Boots/Booties Fair price,lady Børn Brown Natasha Leather Boots/Booties Elegant appearance,woman La Canadienne Black Dorina Boots/Booties Cheaper than the priceLadies Predictions Brown Suede Look Boots/Booties Most economical,WOMENS Franco Sarto Black Ankle Boots/Booties special discount priceWOMENS Jeffrey Campbell Navy Blue Boots/Booties Affordablewomens Lucky Brand Black/Grey Boots/Booties Excellent performance,woman Black Pebbled Leather Boots/Booties Good worldwide reputationLADY Tieks Matte Black Ballet Flats Free,womens Alexander Wang Black Chelsea Boots/Booties Popular recommendation,LADY Pura Lopez Grey Intermix Boots/Booties Customer first,LADY Ariat Brown and Aqua Boots/Booties Preferred material,Ladies Tory Burch Turquoise Thora Sandals newcomer,womens Anthropologie Lydia Cutout Loafers Flats Reliable quality,LADY Dior Dark Brown Kch028vic Boots/Booties brandlady Attilio Giusti Leombruni Flats For your choice,womens Steve Madden Tan Nylie Boots/Booties Popular recommendation,MISS Dolce&Gabbana Dark Olive Suede Boots/Booties Perfect workmanshipWOMEN Gap Beige Boots/Booties King of the quantityWOMEN Salvatore Ferragamo Gold . Flats wear-resistant,women Stuart Weitzman Black Hijack Boots/Booties Carefully selected materials,WOMEN SCHUTZ Black Calf Hair Flats Moderate costslady BCBGeneration Amber Petler Boots/Booties Elegant and robust packaging,woman Burberry Black Fringe Rubber Boots/Booties Won highly esteemed and widely trusted at home and abroad,Ladies Stuart Weitzman Black Platform Boots/Booties Strong heat and heat resistance,
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.WOMENS Hunter Black and Orange Boots/Booties Reasonable price,
WOMEN Sperry Brown Top-sides. Flats Fashion,“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 Blowfish Malibu Brown Boots/Booties Professional design,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.WOMEN Frye Black Kelly Boots/Booties newcomer,
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.LADY Nina Ricci Grey Crocodile Boots/Booties Various current designs,
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.Ladies Trouvé Tan Fabric/Leather Fabric/Leather Boots/Booties Excellent features,
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.MISS Burgundy Oxford Flats a good reputation in the world,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
New never been New; box not included
“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.ladies Rampage Brown Boots/Booties a good reputation in the world,
“MISS Santana Canada Black Boots/Booties Fast delivery,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
WOMENS Saint Laurent Camel Tone Boots/Booties Buy online,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.woman Dr. Martens Electric Blue Boots/Booties High-quality,
womens Tory Burch Brown Jenna**sale** Boots/Booties new entryWOMEN Stuart Weitzman Black Sleek Boots/Booties Optimal price,womens Zara Black Botin Tacon Boots/Booties Wholesale,lady Gastone Lucioli Camel Art2027 Boots/Booties Reliable reputation,ladies Arizona Teal . Boots/Booties FashionWomen's Tory Burch Orange Poppy Flats Fair price,lady Kenzo Black Leather Espadrilles Flats First class in his class,WOMEN EMU Brown Leighton Boots/Booties Repair,womens Pas de Rouge Black Boots/Booties Excellent,LADY Sesto Meucci Black Boots/Booties Excellent quality,MISS Gianvito Rossi Tan Slingback Boots/Booties New style,Ladies Marc Jacobs Gunmetal Purple Boots/Booties At an affordable price,Women's Steve Madden Black Raleigh Boots/Booties High quality products,WOMENS Hermès Black Oz Mule Flats Elegant shape,WOMEN Frye Tan Sandals Large selectionWOMEN Frye Black Billy Boots/Booties retail priceWOMEN Kendall + Kylie Black Boots/Booties High quality and cheap,ladies L.A.M.B. Black White Boots/Booties Preferred material,ladies Forever 21 Red Suede Boots/Booties First group of customersWomen's Bandolino Black Leather Boots/Booties Pleasant appearance,LADY Tory Burch Black Swindon Flats luxury,MISS Tory Burch Beige Sandals Long-term reputation,woman Frye Light Brown Lindsay Boots/Booties Fine workmanshipladies Ann Demeulemeester Black Vitello Boots/Booties Moderate price,womens Steve Madden Gray Imaginee Boots/Booties High security,WOMENS Dansko Burgundy and Black Boots/Booties Selected materialsWomen's Melissa Black Believing Heels Boots/Booties At an affordable price,WOMEN Sam Edelman Brown Flats Long-term reputationladies Birkenstock Red Madrid Sandals New design,LADY Old Gringo Pink/Brown Marrione Boots/Booties Very good color
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.