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.Burberry White with Classic Strips No Platforms,
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.Prada Black Nostro Nylon Heel Sandals Wedges,
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.
Jessica Simpson Blue Js-racine Formal Shoes,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
Prada Fumo Gray Calzature Donna Platforms,Tory Burch Blue/Green/Brown And Print Canvas Espadrilles Wedges,Saint Laurent Black Tribute Classic Platforms,ALDO Studded Black Soft Leather Stylish Sandals. Platforms,Christian Louboutin Tan Nude Pik Pik Pik Studded Slingback Platforms,Alexander McQueen Black Patent Ankle Wrap Pumps PlatformsTory Burch Terracotta Sally 2 Leather Peep Wedges,Ralph Lauren Collection Tan Fimesa Platform Wedges,Christian Louboutin Super Dombasle 160 Suede/Cork WedgesBandolino Black Night Out Formal Shoes,Cole Haan Black New Air Talia Patent Leather Heels Wedges,J. Reneé Silver-pewter with Gold Highlights Skylar Dress Heels Formal Shoes,Maison Margiela Black New 2017 Loafer Platforms,Tory Burch 2 Band Slingback Wedges,Christian Louboutin Blue 'wallis' Patent Mary Jane 38.5 Wedges,Anne Klein Black Velvet Formal Shoes,Prada Black Nero 1kp136 / Capretto Or Calzature Donna Platforms,Ralph Lauren Women's Catrin Espadrille Sandal Wedges,Saint Laurent Black Ysl Suede Tribtoo 38 Round Toe Pumps Heels Platforms,Burberry Brown Espadrille Leather Sandals Wedges,Balenciaga Neon and Black Cross Sandal Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin Python Lady Peep Clair De Lune 16clr0219 Platforms,Versace Black/White Polka Dot Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Beige Cataclou Studded Platform Espadrilles Sandals WedgesTory Burch Gold-710 Style #12148383 Suzy Wedges,Saint Laurent Patent Brown Leather 6" High Platforms,Vero Cuoio Black and Silver Heels Platforms,Jessica Simpson White Beige Gold Jp Jilliatah Ankle Strap Wedges,Jimmy Choo Black Glitter Formal Shoes,Valentino Ivory Rockstud Leather Sandals Wedges
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.Christian Louboutin Red Patent Leather Slingback Peep Toe Cork Heels Platforms,
Donald J. Pliner Black Modi Wedges,“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.
Anne Klein Navy Blue Aklacyann Wedges,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 Tan & Light Gold Peep Wedges,
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.Tory Burch Metallic Gold Thatched Perforated Wedges,
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.Shellys London Silver Emma Platform Oxford Formal Shoes,
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.Calvin Klein Taupe Eb427 Bea Fish Platforms,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
New/ store display in original box accompanied by dust bag
Suede upper; Leather lining; Leather/ man made outsole
Covered heel measures 5 1/2" platform 1 1/2" *
Square open toe design
Adjustable side buckle closure for easy on/ off
Stay gorgeous with pumps by PRADA
Made in ITALY
“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.White House | Black Market Sophie Wedges,
“Prada Black/Leopard Suede Print Calf Hair Peep Toe Wedges,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Prevata Silver Metallic Peeptoe Slingback Wedges,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.Vince Camuto Beige Satin Heels with Metallic Accents Formal Shoes,
Jeffrey Campbell Black See Ya Platforms,Manolo Blahnik Black Liss Bow Lacquer Patent Leather Wedges,Jessica Simpson Denim Blue Espadrille Wedges,Jessica Simpson Black Arly Espadrille Wedges,Nina Shoes Silver/Metallic Sling Back Formal ShoesBadgley Mischka Silver Embellished Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin Blue Filo 120 Kid Leather Platforms,See by Chloé Light Brown Suede Platforms,Steve Madden White / Ivory / Bone Platforms,Adrienne Vittadini Rosy Red Tamar Loafer Wedges,Tory Burch Black Jackie Crochet 110m WedgesJimmy Choo Black Strappy Patent Wedges,Oscar de la Renta Teal Binato Formal Shoes,Saint Laurent Use Coupon For Extra 50 Off Black Studded Tribute 105 Platforms,Christian Louboutin Banane Black Silver Suede Peep Toe 37 Platforms,ZIGI NEW YORK Beige Sexy Heels Platforms,J Vincent Multi-color Velvet and Leather Wedges,Salvatore Ferragamo Beige Mollie Chain-trim Platform Sandals WedgesSee by Chloé Black Pump Pointed Toe Leather Pump Wedges,Sperry Gold Sperry(R) Top-sider Sandals Wedges,Christian Louboutin Nude Uptown Girl Ankle Strap Pump Formal Shoes,Saint Laurent Brown Crushed Gold Pewter Women's Bianca Crocodile-embossed Leather PlatformsSaint Laurent Black Tribute 105 Sandal PlatformsMiu Miu Nude Pink Patent Leather Peep Toe Pumps Platforms,Tory Burch Platinum Metallic Sandal Wedges,Tommy Hilfiger Plaid Multi Sabrina New #tw26170 WedgesPedro Garcia Brown Vintage Satin with Crystal Straps Wedges,Mootsies Tootsies Black Very Good Condition M Formal Shoes,Nicole Miller Gold White Amber Orange Formal Shoes,L.A.M.B. Bought As "Brown" But To Me It's A Dark Wine/Brown Finsbury Platforms
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.