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.Salvatore Ferragamo Black Suede Vintgae 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.Sam & Libby Wine Monique 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.
Dansko Blue Pro Xp Swirl Patent 3912-390202 Mules/Slides,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
Christian Louboutin Black Lady Peep Pumps,Donald J. Pliner Black Joyle Mules/Slides,Sam Edelman Leopard Black and Beige Worn Exactly 3 Times. I Would Keep Them But They Are Too Small Should Have Bought A Half Bigger Mules/SlidesB?rn Black Boc Concept Women's Patent Leather Peggy Mules/SlidesBrunello Cucinelli Brown Womens Leather Strap Pumps,adidas By Stella McCartney Red Adissage Recovery Slides Sneakers,Dark Navy Blue Hand Made Italian Men Mules/Slides,Sesto Meucci Gray Women's Kitten Heel Glitter Ombré Pumps,Skechers Black Women's Shape Ups Eu Sneakers,Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Distressed Blue Jean Denim Camel Leather Slingback Hi Heels 40.5 Pumps,BCBG Paris Black Kitten Heel Mules/Slides,Dee Keller Tye Dye Blue Parker Pointed Toe PumpsCole Haan Candy Apple Red With Nike Air Sole's PumpsSalvatore Ferragamo Black and Light Orange PumpsB?rn Blue “laura” and Brown Mules/Slides,Ivanka Trump Blue Carra Dark Patent Leather Pumps,Rene Caovilla Magenta / Purple / Satin Open Toe Heels W/ Bows Pumps,IRO Black New Pointy Toe Suede Leather Pumps,Zara Black Leather Slingback Pointed Toes with Rounded Heels - 7.5/ 8 Pumps,Badgley Mischka Silver Jewel By Hazel Ii T-strap Evening Sandals 232 Pumps,Jimmy Choo Nude Beige Shoes-3312 PumpsIvanka Trump Silver Garis2 Ankle Strap Sandals Display Pumps,Converse Brown Men Iconic Leather Sneakers,Lucky Brand Black Open Toe Leather Pumps,Etienne Aigner Black Stretch Strap Open Pumps,SCHUTZ Animal Print Pello Venenerf PumpsBrighton Chocolate Avery Cho Calf/Croc/Suede Mules/Slides,Prada Red Woman Designer Leather European 1/2 Mules/Slides,Christian Louboutin Tan Décolleté 100mm Noisette Pumps,Cole Haan Burgundy Suede Nike Air Peep Toe 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.J. Litvack Caramel Brown Lennox Penny Loafer Mules/Slides,
Guess Brown Parris Platform Ankle Strap Sandals 667 Dark Natural 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.
AK Anne Klein Ivory and Black Pompi 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.Prada Nude Patent Leather Peep 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.New Balance Black Pf Flyers Sandlot Edition Low Top Sneakers,
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.Icon Multicolor Wearable Art Leather Heel M Edgar Degas Dancer 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.Cole Haan Brown Euc Suede Leather Women Pumps,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
The Leather on the sandals are the Prada signature for quality. They will look their best for years because of the Craftsmanship and standard that Prada has always so the shoes always look new after you wear them. Dressy and casual you can wear them and feel like a million day or night.
“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.Diane von Furstenberg Black Blaire Pumps,
“Christian Louboutin Black Classic Iriza 100mm Suede Leather Dorsay Point-toe Heel Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Nike White/Purple/Black/Orange Air Zoom Pegasus 31 Flash 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.Sam Edelman Blue Bates Suede E8761l1400 Mules/Slides,
Stuart Weitzman Bright Navy Blue Pumps,Jimmy Choo Black and Silver Pumps,L.A.M.B. Tan/Brown Open Toe Snake Print Ankle Strap Hidden Platform Leather Sole PumpsEugenia Kim Black Pearl Studded Rebel Sneaker Platforms,Jeffrey Campbell Blue Denim Embroidered Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Vara Leather Low In PumpsStuart Weitzman Gold Fabric & Leather Toe Pumps,Sam Edelman Black Alysia Strappy Laser Cut Pumps,Sergio Rossi Wine Red Leather Square Toe Heels Pumps,Fendi Dark Red Signature Heels Ff Made In Italy Gold Hardare 39.5 Pumps,Polo Ralph Lauren Black Men's Isaak Mesh High Top Sneakers SneakersCole Haan Limoges Suede Piper Mules/Slides,Jessica Simpson Black Ultra High Mules/Slides,Salvatore Ferragamo Nude Vara Chain Cap Toe Heel Pumps,Hervé Leger Brown Paris Pointed Stilettos Slim Heel Zip Leather Pumps,Steve Madden Black Satin Partyy PumpsManolo Blahnik Black and Tan Leopard Pumps,Rebecca Minkoff Silver Michell Distressed Sole Studded SneakersMerrell Brown Women's Femmes Slip On Loafers Mocassins Mules/Slides,The Row Black Leather with Fabulous Plum Marbleized Resin Mules/Slides,Simply Vera Vera Wang Cobalt Blue Auden Pumps,Vince Camuto Pink Lorrana Peep Toe Heeled Sandals 703 Blush / 40 Eu Pumps,Ted Baker Blue Light Patent Leather PumpsJimmy Choo Gray Snakeskin Embossed Leather - Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Biblio 85mm Leather Cut Out Pointed Heels A964 PumpsWhite Copper Metallic Rose Gold Sneakers,Giuseppe Zanotti Black New Coline 110 Mules/SlidesSalvatore Ferragamo Beige Vara Fabric Pumps,Tory Burch Black/ Gold 8.5m ' Raleigh ' 40mm Patent Leather Pumps,Steve Madden Black Rykie Leather Dress Sandals Pumps,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.