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 Blue and White Striped Flats,
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.Steve Madden Black Perforated Slip Ons Flats,
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.
Tory Burch Black Reese Mestico Flats,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
Tory Burch Red/ Pansy Bouquet Thin Flip Flop Sandals,Céline Ocean Blue Women's Slip On Platform Sneakers with Tassel FlatsJimmy Choo Gold New Glitter Flats,Tory Burch Gold Cork Jane Leather Thong Flip Flop SandalsTory Burch Black Allie Minnie Flats,Prada Navy Blue Leather Driving Loafers Flats,Christian Louboutin New Pointed-toe Patent Leather 11 Pumps,Vince Camuto Black Hollie Over-the-knee Display Boots/Booties,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Leather Slip On Loafers Flats,Jessica Simpson Gold Bronze Metallic Cowboy Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Nude 39 Ballalarina Spike Bow Ballet Gold #907 Flats,Tory Burch White Bleach/Gold Thora Tumbled Leather SandalsBronx Black W Silver Buckle Accents Helene Ankle Heels/Buckles Boots/BootiesTory Burch Blue Minnie Travel Flats,Tory Burch New White - Wild Life Collection Sandals,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Suede Excellent Condition No Box Flats,Tory Burch Navy Blue Two-band Slide SandalsTory Burch Gold 710 Reva Ballerina 21068tb303 Flats,Barneys New York Black Suede Embellished W Crystals Milly Flat Sandals,Christian Louboutin Pink Follie Draperia Shocking Patent Chiffon Stiletto Pumps,Tory Burch Dark Green Ballet Flats,Tory Burch Pink Miller Sandal Flats,Burberry Black Quilted Sling Backs Flats,Burberry Beige/White 4008444 Hodgeson Espadrille Flats,Burberry Women's Gauden Slip On FlatsTory Burch Camel Reva Pebbled Leather Ballerinas Flats,Tory Burch Black Selma Ballet - Flats,Tory Burch Black / White Flip Flops Sandals,Tod's Light Pink New W/ Tag Classic Heaven Laccetto Loafers Flats,Louise et Cie Gunmetal Silver Joey Metallic Tassel Wingtips Loafers Flats,
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.Tory Burch Leopard Print Minnie Flats,
Ancient Greek Sandals Beige 12 Sandals,“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.
Valentino Rubino Cross Strap Rockstud Sandal 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.Christian Louboutin White Millaclou 100 Gold Spike Bootie Heel 37 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.Calvin Klein Black Style Kieran Signature Ck Embedded On Closure Boots/Booties,
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.Fendi Brown Shie with Buckle Flats,
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.Tory Burch Brown New Leopard Flip Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Joie Temple Ankle-Wrap Ballet Flat in Saglia. Metallic gold leather upper. 0.25" flat heel. Almond shaped toe. Adjustable ankle-wrap. Cushioned footbed. Leather lining. Rubber outsole. Size 37 (size chart is from Joie website). Never 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.Christian Louboutin Red Nosy 100 Flamenco Pvc Transparent T Strap Ankle Patent Heel Pumps,
“Banana Republic Black Suede/Leather Stiletto Boots/Booties,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Vera Wang Lavender Label Luna Flats,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.Prada Plum Purple Driving Loafers Flats,
Christian Louboutin White Jumping Patent Latte 100mm Pumps,Gold & Copper Ankle Leather Boots/Booties Boots/Booties,Vince Camuto Black and White Vc-rebeka Flats,Jimmy Choo Chocolate Brown Suede FlatsBottega Veneta Metallic Dark Silver Cervo Driver FlatsLiz Claiborne Black Pebbled Leather Brett Flats,Tory Burch Bavy Blue Love Peace Flip Flop Sandals,Pierre Hardy Snake Silver Shimmer Pumps,Bogs Turquoise Gray Multi Kids Boots/BootiesTory Burch Silver Reva Snakeskin Flats,Tory Burch Royal Tan Salinas Tassel Slide Sandal Flats,Saint Laurent Black and Gold Studded Loafers FlatsRAYE Multicolor Silvie Slide Strappy 620 Color SandalsValentino Ruby Chunky-heel Metal-toe Bow Leather Pumps,Sergio Rossi White Bridal Satin Swarovski Crystal 39/8.5 Pumps,MIA Black Laser Cut Leather Boots/BootiesTory Burch White Snakeskin Reva Ballet Flats,Vince Black Oren Leather Lofer Mule Flats,Roger Vivier "Chips" Gold Metallic Leather 37 Flats,Fendi Brown Tobacco Zucca Pride & Prejudice Flat 482979 SandalsJimmy Choo Green 'dory' Leather - Pumps,Zara Silver & Black Ankle Boots/Booties,Sam Edelman Black Kayla Leather Thigh High Boots/Booties,AllSaints Washed Grey Piercing Ballerina Flats,Prada Multi Color Studded Tassel Flats,Bernie Mev Black Mary Janes 40/9.5 FlatsTory Burch Tan Turquoise Caylan Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Pijonina 100 Suede Scalloped Peep Toe Heel 36 Pumps,Unique Vintage Black Gold Na Boots/Booties,Andre Assous Royal Blue Suede Espadrille Sandal Flats,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.