Nike Womens Zoom Pegasus Pegasus Zoom New Sneakers 1867dd

Nike Womens Zoom Pegasus Pegasus Zoom New Sneakers 1867dd
Skip to content

Nike Womens Zoom Pegasus Pegasus Zoom New Sneakers 1867dd

Mariners opening day ceremonies in April 2017 at Safeco Field. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Mariners opening day ceremonies in April 2017 at Safeco Field. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Judith Leiber Purple Red Metallic 9b Satin with Stone Embellishments Mules/Slides,

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.Stuart Weitzman Black Snakeskin Oxford Pumps,

Share story

Mike Rosenberg
By
Seattle Times real estate reporter

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 Black Cap Kaitlin Low Heel 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.

bebe Black Gold Studded Stilettos Pumps,

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.

Marc Jacobs Multi-color Leather Open Toe Mule Platform Sandals Italy Pumps,
Dior Black with Silver Fabric Logo Pumps,

Acne Studios Black and White Men's Kearney 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

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

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.Merrell Beige Classic Taupe Jungle Mules/Slides,

Tory Burch Royal Tan Gigi Pumps,

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Vera Bow 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.

Steve Madden Red Bevy Coral Suede 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.Tory Burch Dark Brown Croc Print 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.Saint Laurent Neon Yellow D'orsay 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.Vans Pink Metallic Women's Sk8-hi Reissue Sneakers Sneakers,

Manolo Blahnik Blue Hangisi Jeweled Flat Mules/Slides,

Councilman Rob Dembowski also seemed skeptical of the Mariners funding plan and asked pointed questions at the meeting.

Pour La Victoire Black Edamc Mules/Slides,

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 Burgundy New Mlle Menule Embelished Bow Kitten Heel Pumps,

Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.

Description

NIKE WOMENS ORIGINAL ZOOM PEGASUS SZ 8 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.J.Crew Portabello Mushroom Leather Cross-strap Sandals Pumps,

Saint Laurent Black Ysl Suede Pumps,

“Gianvito Rossi Black & Ivory Suede Patent Leather Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.

Missoni Multicolor New Converse Chevron Canvas High Top Sneakers Trainers Sneakers,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.Salvatore Ferragamo Black Tan Cream 70720 C55 8 1/5 2 A Mules/Slides,

Taryn Rose Black and White Flat PumpsPrada Silver Leather Heels 36.5 (61303) Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Multicolor Stitched Heels PumpsBrunello Cucinelli Brown Monili Beaded Ankle Strapped Pumps,Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Hi Prem Bg Sneakers,Barneys New York Rose Gold No 6 12616 Metallic Leather Criss Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Purple Leather Vara Bow Block Pumps,Tory Burch Beige Gigi Patent Leather PumpsIvanka Trump Silver Chanise Patent Leather Pumps,Rag & Bone Multi-color Wyatt Leopard Print Pony Hair Belted Sandals 9 Pumps,Loeffler Randall White Zuri Rosette Stiletto Pumps,FENTY PUMA by Rihanna L Sneakers,Sesto Meucci Tan 8m Slip On Mules/Slides,Firth Grey Sadie Peep Toe Bootie Mules/Slides,Tory Burch Black Short Heel PumpsFranco Sarto Brown Lthr Wngtp Pmp Pumps,Nike Black and Yellow Sb Dunk High Heels Pumps,Tory Burch Natural and Black Ethel Leopard Print Cap Toe Pumps,Nike Brown / Blue Air Plata Women's Sneakers,Anne Klein Copper Black Leather Pumps with Signature Buckle Mules/Slides,Alexander Wang Red Britt High Heel Mules/SlidesNaturalizer Light Coffee Brown Open Toe Pumps,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Peep Toe Pumps,Oscar de la Renta Pink Salmon Silver Guiana Two Tone Satin Pointed Pumps,Cesare Paciotti Burgundy Patent Trim Suede Pumps,Saint Laurent Black Patent Leather Classic PumpsNike Grey Men's 'air Max 1 Essential' Sneaker Sneakers,Jack Rogers Black Simone Euc Mules/Slides,Cole Haan Nike Air Open Toe Beige Patent Leather `7 B Pumps,Sergio Rossi White Scallop Leather Metal Tip Stiletto Pumps,

Mike Rosenberg: 206-464-2266 or mrosenberg@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @ByRosenberg.
View Comments
Vittorio Red Orange Piani Made In Italy Wooden Wedge Platform Mules/Slides, No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.
Powered by Livefyre

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

Liz Claiborne Black/Gray Ombre Peep Toe Pumps,