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.WOMENS Sam Edelman Gray Fowler Boots/Booties Stylish and charming,
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 RED Valentino Velvet Ankle Boots/Booties Hot sale,
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.
Women's Ash Brown Micky Bis Boots/Booties uppers,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 Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flats Sale online store,womens Zara Black Slouchy Over-the-knee Boots/Booties uppers,lady Burberry Black Ellis Boots/Booties Large selection,Women's Old Gringo Red Boots/Booties quality,lady Catherine Malandrino Black Kylie Boots/Booties Immediate delivery,womens Old Navy Olive Green Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,lady Sam Edelman Black Naharra Boots/Booties economy,lady Tory Burch Blond Flats luxury,ladies Elle Chestnut Boots/Booties Excellent features,WOMEN ShoeDazzle Cream Cyndi Boots/Booties Quality and quantity guaranteed,MISS Pinko Black Pk Foclide Boots/Booties Bright colors,ladies Steve Madden Black Tanner Boots/Booties Good design,ladies Valentino Black Studs Ballet Flats Pleasant feelingWomen's Gold Anthropologie Halsey Boots/Booties Rich on-time delivery,women Donald J. Pliner Black Sandals Very good qualityWOMENS Stella McCartney Nude Linda Sandals Aesthetic appearancewoman ShoeDazzle Brown Andrea Boots/Booties Elegant and solemnwomens Speed Limit 98 Olive Boots/Booties New design,lady Cordani Black Boots/Booties Make full use of materials,ladies Harley Davidson Black 85431 Boots/Booties First quality,Women's Frye Brick Carmen Boots/Booties in short supply,WOMENS Lacoste Brown Suede Boots/Booties The newest style,MISS Hunter Brown Matte Boots/Booties Nice,WOMEN Hunter Blue Short Rain Boots/Booties special discount price,women Splendid Gray Boots/Booties New products in 2066,womens Crown Vintage Grey Randi Boots/Booties Good designLadies Enzo Angiolini Black Eaknit Boots/Booties Price reductionLadies Joie Maroon Boots/Booties Diverse new design,WOMENS Black /White Boots/Booties Modern,women Prada Brown No Boots/Booties First in his class,
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 Hervé Leger Black Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,
women Christian Louboutin Brown/Beige Interior Boots/Booties uppers,“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.
WOMENS Miz Mooz Blue Delphi Boots/Booties Different products,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 Saks Fifth Avenue Black Flats Fashion,
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.women Valentino Grey/ Blue Rockstud Flats Large selection,
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.lady Talbots Tan/Brown Leather Boots/Booties Fair price,
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.Women's Jeffrey Campbell Taupe Cienega Boots/Booties retail price,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
New Sporty Boots!!! Be the envy of everyone with this stylishly warm ASH sneaker.
“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.WOMENS Brown & Pink Boots/Booties On-line,
“LADY Vince Black Damon Flats Authentic guarantee,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
womens Joie Black 8141850 Sandals Online sales,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.ladies Madden Girl Brown Gravitee Boots/Booties Excellent,
woman Naughty Monkey Taupe Rain Boots/Booties High-quality materials,ladies Silver and Copper Cowboy Boots/Booties Reliable qualityWOMENS Lacoste Black Villetta Usa Flats Affordable,ladies Karen Scott Ks Flats First group of customers,ladies Prada Brown Leather Platform Boots/Booties Germany,LADY Kenneth Cole Black Leather Boots/Booties Reliable qualityWomen's Steve Madden Black Piero Boots/Booties Strong heat and wear resistance,woman Frye Brown Tan Boots/Booties Attractive fashion,MISS Hunter Navy/ Brown Boots/Booties Moderate costs,LADY Sam Edelman Beaded Espadrilles Flats Fine workmanshipWOMENS Valentino Burgundy Rockstud Flats Every article described is available,womens Kork-Ease Black W/Brown Heel Boots/Booties Special Price,Ladies Dr. Martens Black Boots/Booties Strong heat and wear resistance,Ladies Paul Green Black Leather/Elastene Boots/Booties High-quality materials,lady Sigerson Morrison Camel Boots/Booties Make full use of materials,woman Sam Edelman Burgundy Petty Boots/Booties High quality products,WOMENS Isola Black Calla Boots/Booties Elegant and robust packagingwomens Maison Margiela Brown 1764 Flats Fashion,lady Tory Burch Ivory 11168608 Sandals Easy to clean surface,WOMENS Sam Edelman Brown D0628l1200 Boots/Booties Let our goods go out into the worldWOMENS Isabel Marant Black Cluster Boots/Booties Let our products go out into the world,womens Ted Baker Grey Bronko Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,WOMENS Tan Men's Boots/Booties Online shoplady Black/Cream Beston(Tm) Leather High Boots/Booties retail price,WOMENS Vince Green Bogart Flats Very good quality,WOMEN Tory Burch Caramel Ballerinas Flats Cheaper than the priceLADY Nina Shoes Dark Brown Boots/Booties Many varieties,Ladies Tory Burch Black Brenda Boots/Booties Louis, in detail,WOMEN STRATEGIA Black Strategia-3171 Boots/Booties To adopt,lady Chinese Laundry Taupe Boots/Booties Famous store,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.