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.Oscar de la Renta Pink D'orsay ; Osc21819 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.Tory Burch Tan Chunky Heels Pumps,
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.
Black White Made In Portugal Sneakers Sneakers,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
Nike Gamma Blue and Pink Women’s Free Run Sneakers,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Patent Leather Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Black Leather Dancalia Pony Mules/Slides,Delman Black Evening Cocktail Formal Stilettos Pumps,MIA Rose Gold Greta Leather Mules/Slides,Jessica Simpson Degrade Open Toe Heel Pumps,Charles David Brown Animal Print Pumps,Matisse Black Judith Kate Bosworth Mules/Slides,MS Shoe Designs Purple Plum Kalani Pumps,Christian Louboutin White Pigalle Follies 100 Calf Caviar Cerise In PumpsJimmy Choo Black Amika Studded Toe 38 Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Black N White Twotone M Mules/Slides,Manolo Blahnik Black 37(7-7.5) Satin Wrap Pumps,Marc Jacobs Gold Glitter Lexi Jane PumpsDries van Noten Black and Tan Platform Wooden Stacked Heels Pumps,Tory Burch Black Patten Leather Chelsea Round Toe Pumps,Saint Laurent Ivory / Brown Pumps,Marc by Marc Jacobs Red Leather Pointed Toe High Heel Classic Italy Pumps,Donald J. Pliner Lavender Leather Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Navy Grey Filo Pumps,Brown Suede Leather Kitten Heel PumpsVia Spiga Black Leather Wedge M Made In Brazil Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Light Pink Pigalle Follies PumpsLouise et Cie Taupe Nadia PumpsOscar de la Renta Bow Pumps,Jimmy Choo Nude/Tan Wood Heels Mules/Slides,Clarks Brown Comfotable and Light In Weight Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Iriza 45 Black Leather Classic Stiletto 37 Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Leather and Patent Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Poudre (Light Pink) Pigalle Follies 55 Patent Leather Kitten Pumps,
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.Catherine Malandrino Nude White Pink New Quentin Faux Pearl Mules/Slides,
Christian Louboutin Nude with Rose Gold Hardware Pyramidame 45 Pumps,“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.
Loro Piana Brown Suede Frazer Almond Pumps,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.Victoria's Secret Black/Ivory Spotted Pointed-toe 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.Prada Taupe & Leather Detail 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.Zara Gold Fringe Black Pointed On Flats Mules/Slides,
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.Franco Sarto Tan "Luna" The Artist's Collection Pumps,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
New Balance WL574 - Picnic Collection sneaker
Suede and mesh upper materials in emerald green.
A foam padded collar and tongue offers plush comfort.
Contrast, navy blue plaid tongue and collar lining.
Lace-up closure for a secure fit.
Synthetic heel overlay with New Balance callout.
ENCAP(R) soft cushioning EVA midsole with a tough polyurethane rim for more support and breathability.
Padded footbed for extra comfort.
Durable rubber outsole for excellent traction.
Weight: 9 oz
“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.Manolo Blahnik Beige Carolyne Pointed Toe Slingback Pumps,
“Giorgio Armani Silver New Women Metallic Leather Pointed Toe D'orsay Stilettos Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Jimmy Choo Nude Lucy Half-d'orsay Suede 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.Mizuno Fade Blue with Honey Comb Orange/Purple Print Prophecy 4 Running Sneakers,
Stuart Weitzman Navy Open Toe Patent Leather Kitten Heel Pumps,L.K. Bennett Black Patent Leather PumpsGiuseppe Zanotti Black Satin and Patent Leather Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Brown Patent Mary Jane - Pumps,Vince Black Paeyre Leather Skate Sneakers SneakersDonald J. Pliner Black Violet Mules/SlidesSalvatore Ferragamo Red Lizzard Women PumpsValentino Red Women's and Beige Rockstud Strap Pumps,Via Spiga Plum Made In Italy Pumps,Tory Burch Black Nwot Aria with Crystal Bow PumpsJimmy Choo Gold Abel Lame Glitter PumpsNike Women's Outburst Og Sneakers Lends A Throwback Vibe To A Comfortable Cushioned Sneaker Built From Soft Mesh And Sneakersswedish hasbeens Black Womens Peep Toe High Mules/Slides,Cole Haan Suede Brown Embrodiered Leather Studded Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Patent with Gold Hardware Pumps,Zara Blue and Black Suede Pumps,Prada Beige Heel Patent Leather Open 35.5 PumpsTory Burch Gold Metallic Embossed Leather Reva Peep-toe Wedges Pumps,Superga White Womens 2095 Cotu High Top Sneakers Nwob Sneakers,Miu Miu Light Pink Blush Leather Mules/Slides,Frye Burgundy Candice Women's Woven Heels Euc Mules/Slides,Enzo Angiolini Snakeskin Brown Na Pumps,Black / White Cherish. Leather Pumps,Stuart Weitzman Nude Reptile Embossed Pumps,Saint Laurent Cream Palais Open Toe Heels PumpsChristian Louboutin Grey Metallic Textile Follies Multi Spikes 100 Beige Leather Heel Pumps,Camper Dark Grey Peu Distressed Leather Sneakers 38 - SneakersGiuseppe Zanotti Silver Bridget Sandals Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Green Heeled Loafer PumpsManolo Blahnik Cheetah Print Heels Pumps,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.