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.Manolo Blahnik Satin Black Mary Jane Pumps,
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.Nike Black and White Juvinate Sneakers,
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.
Cole Haan Cognac Nike Air Pumps,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
Diego Dolcini Grey Pointed Toe PumpsDolce&Gabbana Black Dolce & Gabbana Pumps,Brown Two Tone Lizard Skin Pumps,Kelly & Katie Mixed Pipa Pumps,Eürosoft by S?fft Black Leather Giada Peep Toe Pumps,Fendi Navy/Magenta Decollete Carbone Rib PumpsButter Brown Suede Low Heels Pumps,Giorgio Armani Brown & Beige New Women Snake Leather Peep Toe Mary Jane High Pumps,Superga White Rodarte Mixed Media Low Top Sneaker SneakersCole Haan Patent Black Air Lainey Open Toe Pump/Heels PumpsBadgley Mischka White Satin Jeweled Open-toe Pumps,Giorgio Armani Purple New G. Genuine Suede Leather Pointed Toe D-orsay Stilettos Pumps,Jimmy Choo Silver Agnes Mirror Leather Pumps,Tory Burch Gold Design A S Gold Heel PumpsChinese Laundry Smoke Copper Metallic Leather Ladies Heels with Jewel On Top PumpsCalvin Klein Beige Sling Back Mules/Slides,Frye Black Smooth Vintage Leather Emily Mules/Slides,Giani Bernini Rose Gold Bini Sneakers,Ivanka Trump Silver Genese Strappy Evening Sandals 025 Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Nero Nappa Calf Ravenna 5cm Pumps,Badgley Mischka Pink Abigail Dress Wedge Sandals Blush Pumps,Cole Haan Tortoise Carma Nike Air Almond Toe Pumps,Orange Cp3 Vii Team Metallic Gold Gamma SneakersSanita Black "Dakota" 462201 Leather Danish Ankle Boot Mules/Slides,Charlotte Russe Black Platform Wedge Mules/Slides,Diane von Furstenberg Black Suede Anette Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Red Peep Toe PumpsElie Tahari Black El Destry PumpsEnzo Angiolini Black White Ivory Pumps,Barneys New York Navy/ Silver 14038 Sneakers,
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.SCHUTZ Black & Gold Tribal Pumps,
Rebecca Minkoff Black Sloane Pom Pom Slip-on Sneakers,“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.
Eastland Brown Women's 11w/Eur 42 Leather Mules/Slides,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.Valentino Rockstud Black and Nude Mules/Slides,
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.Pink Suede Ribbon Gold and Silver Pumps,
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.Cole Haan Black Patent Bethany Pumps,
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.Christian Louboutin Red Decoltish 100 Rouge Suede Pointed Pumps,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
This Steve Madden stiletto heel is the perfect nude color. Elongate your legs with this sexy heel and pointy toe. The shoe literally disappears on your foot. Wear it all day and night. Barely New.
“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.Nike Black/White Free 5.0 Tr Fit 5 Sneakers,
“Prada Brown & Bronze Sequined Slingbacks Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Madden Girl Brown Velour Pari Pumps,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.Jeffrey Campbell Blk Le Chef 154545 Pumps,
Josef Seibel Black Patent Leather Caspian Sneakers SneakersDior Violet Chi72183 P7 Padlock 7 5cm Fonce Chinois Mules/Slides,Stuart Weitzman Black Suede Tassel Low Heels Pumps,Dior Black/White Limited Edition J'adior Slingback 65mm Heels Pumps,Max Studio Leopard Calf Hair Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Brown Made In Italy Animal Print Peeptoe PumpsManolo Blahnik Purple Suede Classic PumpsCole Haan Ivory New Trafton Vintage Trainer Sandshell Leather Sneakers Sneakers,Loeffler Randall Gold Finley Slip On 096 Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Red Leather Kittens Pumps,Burberry Cognac Brown Kitten Heel Kiltie Tassel Slide Mules 37 / Pumps,Nine West Black Ruffle Slingback Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Gold 'cultu' Metallic Jeweled Leather - Pumps,Tory Burch Textured Leopard-print Raffia / Tan Style # 11148361 / Ethel Pumps,Reebok Mint and Gold 1008816125 SneakersClarks Mink Brown M Excellent Condition Mules/Slides,Brown Leather Slingbacks 80s Italian Alligator Loafers Mules/SlidesChristian Louboutin Beige Geo 45mm Cork Sling Gold Spike Stiletto Pumps,Betsey Johnson Gold New "Pariss" Metallic Bow Pumps,Menbur Ivory Wedding Peep Toe Pumps,Prada Blue and Orange Floral Silk Square Toe PumpsKitson Purple with Some Black Sneakers,Moschino Black W/ Red & Green Florish Mules/SlidesTamara Mellon Nude/Burgundy Tribal Suede 105mm Heels Mules/Slides,Prada Black Pointed Toe Heels Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Multi Color Reptile Print L W19075 Pumps,BCBGMAXAZRIA Brown Bcbg Calista Driftwood/Rich Snake PumpsTory Burch Pewter 85mm Glitter Leather Crystal Embellished Dress PumpsRag & Bone Black Leather Espadrille Sneaker Sneakers,Brown N Orange N Gold Tiger Eye Mules/Slides
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.