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.Ladies ALDO Dark Gray Suede Boots/Booties Stylish and funny,
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 Aerin Burgundy Sullivan Boots/Booties Most practical,
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.
LADY Steve Madden Brown Combat Boots/Booties Low price,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 Tory Burch Black Suede Boots/Booties Modern technology,Women's Minnetonka Brown Tall Boots/Booties High-quality,women J.Crew Brown Ryder Boots/Booties Different styles,WOMEN Tod's Beige Men's Galoshes Boots/Booties Win the praise of customerswomens Dolce Vita Wine Boots/Booties Different styles and styles,women Alexander McQueen Black Boots/Booties Bestsellers worldwide,lady Frye Black/Multi Melissa Harness Boots/Booties Queensland,MISS Rachel Zoe Bone Snakeskin Boots/Booties Excellent qualityMISS Franco Sarto Black Boots/Booties Elegant,ladies Hunter Black New Rain Boots/Booties Online shopWOMENS Anthropologie Gold Brocade Kalessi Boots/Booties Modern and stylish fashion,womens Tan 93 Idle Boots/Booties Economical and practical,WOMEN Clarks Black Indigo Ankle Boots/Booties Nice and charming,ladies Tory Burch Itch Ballet Flats Orders are welcome,ladies Vince Black/Woodsmoke Anetta Boots/Booties Excellent qualitywomens Trina Turk Sandals impeccable,Ladies Luichiny Hot Pink Boots/Booties New style,Ladies Tan Women's Duck Boots/Booties Superior qualityWomen's Tory Burch Black Selma Boots/Booties For your choice,LADY Sergio Rossi Black Beaded Boots/Booties Attractive and durableMISS Moschino Fuchsia Sneakers Flats Reasonable price,women Hunter Black/Navy Blue W24076 Boots/Booties Cheap order,WOMENS Valentino Balck Rockstud Strap Flats new entry,womens Tory Burch Red-orange Reva Flats Price reductionlady Vetements Black Cruissardes Boots/Booties The newest style,lady FreeBird Brown Logan Boots/Booties Aesthetic appearance,MISS Valentino Tan Rockstud Espadrilles Flats Attractive fashionlady Cesare Paciotti Beige/Brown Jungle Boots/Booties Preferred material,woman Bronx Navy Boots/Booties Popular recommendation,WOMEN Vince Camuto Red Rust Boots/Booties Perfect workmanship,
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.ladies Christian Louboutin Black Karialta Boots/Booties New design,
woman Loeffler Randall Tan Boots/Booties Primary quality,“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.
LADY Olive Trekking Hiker Boots/Booties Beautiful 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.MISS Tory Burch Pewter 22128007 Flats Modern and elegant 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.LADY Zara Velvet Embellished Flats Big sale,
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 Frye Chestnut Brown Wedge Boots/Booties economical,
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.LADY Alexandre Birman Beige Abbe Boots/Booties Every article described is available,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Leather Riding Boots from Milan
“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.MISS Gianni Bini Pink Boots/Booties Comfort,
“Ladies Manolo Blahnik Brown Flats Different styles and styles,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
woman Chloé Sandals Different styles and styles,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 Hermès Brown Utility Boots/Booties Wholesale,
Women's Aquazzura Burgundy Boots/Booties Reasonable delivery and punctual delivery,Ladies Matisse Gold Grove Boots/Booties Highly appreciated and widely trusted in and out,WOMENS Naot Volcanic Red Matai Flats The first set of comprehensive specifications for customers,women Tory Burch Gold Thora Sandals quality Queen,ladies Stuart Weitzman Chocolate Brown Boots/Booties Most economical,LADY Cole Haan Black D42130 Boots/Booties Elegant style,LADY Tibi Gray Boots/Booties From the latest modelWomen's Prada Beige Fur Boots/Booties Reasonable price,Ladies Ariat Baby Blue Fat Boots/Booties Crazy Price, Birminghamwomens Marc Fisher Black Sava Flats diversityWOMENS Christian Louboutin Blue Paulina Flats retail price,lady Ralph Lauren Collection Brown Boots/Booties Immediate delivery,WOMENS Hunter Black Short Rain Boots/Booties Immediate delivery,MISS Harley Davidson Black Biker Boots/Booties Excellent valuewoman J.Crew Camel Mcallister Wedge Boots/Booties FashionLADY Chloé Pink Susanna Boots/Booties Has a long reputation,woman Ted Baker Black Issador Boots/Booties Louis, in detail,ladies Prada Gold Metallic Ballet Flats Primary quality,LADY Prada Orange Flip Flops Sandals On-line,WOMEN Justin Boots Brown Unknown Boots/Booties Crazy price,women Aquatalia Black Swell Boots/Booties Flagship store,lady MRKT Grey Jocelyn Boots/Booties To adopt,WOMENS GB Tan Boots/Booties Diverse new design,ladies Qupid GIANNA-41 BOOTIE Nice appearance,Women's Tod's Black Flattie Tassel Flats Clever and practicalwomens Tod's Nude Leather Loafer Flats Elegant and robust menuMISS ALDO Brown/Cognac Leather Jaida Boots/Booties special offer,WOMENS Kelsi Dagger Black Wedge Boots/Booties tender,WOMEN Tretorn Black Boots/Booties Primary qualityLadies Tan New Brown Cowboy Boots/Booties Exquisite (medium) workmanship,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.