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.Tory Burch Brown Moccassins Horsehair 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.Kenzo Red Velvet Tiger Gold 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.
Brian Atwood Black & White Wagner Zebra 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
Christian Louboutin Brown Galeria 100 Cannelle Gold Bronze Stud Ankle Strap Sandal Heel Pumps,Tory Burch Gold New Metalic W/Leather Toe Bow. FlatsSam Edelman Beige Fast Free Shipping Bryant Womens Leather Gladiator Orig Sandals,Burberry Navy Hodgeson Check Espadrille Flats,Steven by Steve Madden Blush Adrianna Velvet Loafers FlatsChristian Louboutin Black Booton Mj 85 Velvet Mary Jane Crystal Strap Heel Pumps,Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Crocodile Skin Sandals with Brooch Red Pumps,Christian Louboutin Multicolor Girlistrappi Denim White Red Patent Now Stiletto Sandal Pumps,Ralph Lauren Black Gold Ankle Sz. 9m Boots/Booties,Dr. Martens Dark Brown New Summer Festival Strappy Uk7 Sandals,Dior Orange Cherie Genuine Python Heels Pumps,Frye White / Ivory Delia Beige Suede Oxford F0011k11 Flats,Tory Burch Baby Blue Miller Sandals,Rebecca Minkoff Black Cancer Astro Flats,Tory Burch Navy Blue White New Gingham Summer Flats Thongs Flip Sandals,Jimmy Choo Black Satin Woven D’orsay PumpsTory Burch Black with Gold Emblem Minnie Travel Flats,Tory Burch Camellia Pink Caroline Patent Leather Ballet Gold Logo Flats,Fendi Blue Bow Logo Leather Ballet FlatsSalvatore Ferragamo Beige & Camel Colorblock Gancini Bit FlatsStubbs & Wootton Black Logo Velvet Flats,Valentino Blue Garavani Denim D'orsay Wrap Espadrille Flats,Ancient Greek Sandals Gold Nephele Wing SandalsNeiman Marcus Pale Pink Bowed Leather Ballet Flats,Tieks Grey Greystone Vegan Ballet Slipper Flats,Jimmy Choo Black Mesh Esme 85 Pumps,Rebecca Minkoff Black & White Gavin Flats,Soludos Sand Burger &a Fries Flats,Vince Camuto Soft Calf (Beige) Jakela SandalsTod's Metalic Gold Laminate Leather Loafer 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.Prada Black Leather Rushed Heel Platform Euro 39 Boots/Booties,
Tory Burch Yellow Reva Ballet In Dandelion Euc Flats,“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.
Louise et Cie Gray Finch Oxford (Tweed) Flats,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 Navy New Mini Miller Sandals,
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.Christian Louboutin Puple Suede Zappa Spike Detail Pointed S 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.Christian Louboutin Black Silver Leather Guerilla Peep-toe Ankle Boots/Booties,
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.The Row Black Minimal Leather Loafer Flats,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
NIB Christian Louboutin Madonaflor 100 Black Velvet Ankle Strap Heel Pump 40
********** Christian Louboutin **********
Brand: Christian Louboutin
Size: 40 (know your Louboutin size)
Style: Embroidered Heel
Rounded front toe
Standing on a 100mm heel
Floral crystal beaded embroidered heels
Black soft velvet material
Adjustable ankle strap
Thick back heel
Classic red leather sole
Brand new in box, comes with box and dust bag
100% Authentic or your money back
I ship worldwide
Any other questions just ask, I will be happy to answer them
“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.Salvatore Ferragamo Black Patent Bow Varina Flats,
“Stuart Weitzman Deep Red Nouveau Radish Saffian Patent Leather Stiletto Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Nine West Gold Nwob Jetra Metallic Leather Ankle / Boots/Booties,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.Stuart Weitzman White Quiltable Cap Toe Elastic Flats,
Fendi Black with Yellow Heel Really Hip Leather Flats,Vince Cream Women's Westcoast Slide Sandals,Christian Louboutin Green Fyalta 85 Jungle Suede Mary Jane Strap Heel Pumps,Miu Miu Multi Colored 5up031 Pavone Snakeskin Platform Mid Calf Eur 38.5 Boots/Booties,Kenneth Cole Black Hard Studded Loafer Eur 36 Flats,Tory Burch Brown/Coconut Reva Classic FlatsValentino Black/White Rockstud and Two-tone Leather Cage Ballet T-strap FlatsZara Black 10 Polka Dot Sneakers Pumps,Birkenstock Mocha Light Brown Florida Birkibuc' Soft Footbed Sandals,Prada Coral Saffiano Textured Patent Leather PumpsMadewell Black Leather The Lonny Boots/BootiesTory Burch Silver Reva Ballet 6 Flats,Tory Burch Black In Box Mini Miller Ballet Leather Flats,Christian Louboutin Black Ballalarina Leather Spike Ballet 39.5 Flats,Jack Rogers Multicolor Patriotic Slip On Sandals,Christian Louboutin Rosa Pink Rose Pigalle Follies Suede 100mm PumpsChristian Louboutin Black Marchavekel 100 Suede Ankle Strap Classic Stiletto Sandal Heel Pumps,Linea Paolo Brown/Black Calf Skin Platform 4" Heels Mid Calf M Boots/BootiesTory Burch Vermillion Red Minnie Travel Ballet with Logo-soft Nappa Leather Flats,Tory Burch Black T Logo Thong-patent Saffiano Sandals Flats,Tory Burch Melinda Leather Ballet Flat Black 8.5,Tory Burch Black Mini Miller Jelly Thong with Gold Logo Sandals,Dolce&Gabbana Dolce & Gabbana Crocodile Skin Sandals with Brooch Red Pumps,Christian Louboutin Pink Pigalle Follies Rosa Suede Stiletto PumpsJ.Crew Black Collection Rory Ankle Crew Boots/Booties,Jeffrey Campbell Blue Pointed Toe Loafer Flats,Tory Burch Orange York Saffiano Leather Ballet FlatsMiu Miu Black Bow Jewel Heel Flats,Tory Burch Black Michaela Jelly SandalsJimmy Choo Nude 'private' Patent - Pumps,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.