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.John Fluevog Elizabeth Burgundy & Pink Leather Heels 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 Womens Free 5.0 Limited Color New 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.
Aerosoles Purple Shape Up Suede Mary Jane 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
Proenza Schouler Black with Rose Gold Heel Ps24267 Mules/Slides,SCHUTZ White and Green Allina Pumps,Lucky Brand Blue Sandal Heel Leather PumpsUnisa Neutral Good Condition M Mules/SlidesGiuseppe Zanotti Black Suede Rounded Pumps,Prada Blue/Black Calzature Donna/Flower Satin Mules/Slides,Manolo Blahnik Black Patent Leather Pumps,Jimmy Choo Bright Red Nova Patent Slingback Pumps,Rag & Bone Light Pink Crushed Velvet Slipper Style Sandals 2018 Collection Mules/SlidesGrays Open Toe Sexy Heel Pumps,Brooks Silver White and Teal Ariel Sneakers,Converse Blue Summer Mesh Chuck Taylor SneakersTory Burch Black Gold Chain / Buckle Patent Leather Pumps,Céline Denim Wooden Demin Gold Hardware Buckle Chunky Mules/Slides,swedish hasbeens Black Like New Slingback Sandal Mules/Slides,Pour La Victoire Petal Eda Bootie Mules/SlidesStuart Weitzman Neutral Patent Leather Low Pumps,Tory Burch Burgundy Suede High Heels Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Purple Tizyou Women Ankle Strap Platform Heels Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Burgundy/Wine Suede 1/2 PumpsRachel Comey Brick Red Calder Pumps,Jimmy Choo Gold 'jag' Leather Strappy Sandals - Pumps,Saint Laurent Black Paris Pointed Toe Suede PumpsIsabel Marant Black Clemence Studded Heel Pumps,Vionic Silver Orthotic Mary Jane Orthaheel Glass Stone Flower Mules/SlidesBanana Republic Plum Leather Kitten Heel Mules/Slides,Lauren Ralph Lauren Turquoise By Kid Suede Elza Wood Sandals Mules/Slides,Melissa Pearl Pink Karl Lagerfeld Pumps,Pancaldi Leopard Print Slide In Mule Pumps,Grey Kat High Top Sneakers 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.Manolo Blahnik Gold Transparent Leather Heels Pumps,
Tory Burch White with Green Ruffle Sport Sneaker 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.
Unisa Brown Black Classic Alligator 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.RED Valentino Rose Pink With Bow Leather Pumps,
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.Salvatore Ferragamo New Bisque (Beige) Elinda Patent Leather 40mm Bow 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.Ann Taylor Black New Patent Leather Perfect 3.5" 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.Converse Blue Summer Mesh Chuck Taylor Sneakers,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Dress up or down , hardly & gently 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.Prada Tan 64 Pebbled Leather Tassle Square Toe 37 Mules/Slides,
“Tory Burch Red Gigi Patent Leather Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Cape Robbin Black and Lime No 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.Gianni Bini Black and White Sommer Pumps,
Black New Platform Clogth Bucklendetail Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Black/Brown/White/Denim Ponzechosse 140 Denim/Calf Mules/SlidesBlack Cushion Ease Leather Low Chunky Mary Janes Strappy Buckle Dress PumpsCole Haan Brown Snakeskin Open-toe Slingbacks Euro 37.5 Pumps,Pour La Victoire Black Suede PumpsBlack Collection Italy Leather Hills Pumps,Zara White Animal Print Sneaker Sneakers,Free People Gold Sienna Ruffle Mules/Slides,Lucky Brand Grey Kasima Peep Toe Sandals 060 Driftwood / 36 Eu Mules/SlidesAttico Purple Bella Kitten Heels PumpsHalogen Black 'olson' Pointy Toe Studded T-strap Flat Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Olive/Brown Daino Nappa Calf Pumps,SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Black Cameron Strappy Sandals - / Pumps,Christian Louboutin Nude Pigalle Follies Nappa 85mm Stiletto PumpsLiebeskind Powder (Pink / Camel) Sneaker "Double" In SneakersVera Wang Lavender Label Black Mules/Slides,Fendi Sling Back Hot Pink Orange and Black Pumps,Cole Haan Black Nike Air For Pumps,Joie Red On Hold For Natasha Pumps,Jimmy Choo Silver-black Metallic Velvet Romy 85 Pumps,Paul Green Nicolette Pointy Toe Pumps,Via Spiga Black Lauryn Leather Slipper Mules/Slides,Free People Black Dulce Amsterdam Ankle Strap Mules/SlidesSalvatore Ferragamo Pink Patent Leather Vara Bow Block Pumps,Prada Black Patent Leather Low Heels Pumps,Sam Edelman Blue Hazel Gingham PumpsOscar de la Renta Turquoise Bow Patent Slingback Pumps,Dolce&Gabbana Maro Dolce & Gabbana Pumps,Cole Haan Marline Blue Zerogrand Wingtip Brogue Sneakers Oxford Sneakers,Matisse White Kate Bosworth Judith Mules/Slides,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.