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.Skechers Champagne Cali Gizmos Power Wedges,
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.Vince Camuto Dark Brown Braided 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.
Miu Miu Navy Calzature Donna Platforms,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
Tod's Black For Ferrari Leather Loafers (26238) Formal ShoesTory Burch Black Sally 2 Peep Toe Pump In Pebble Leather Wedges,Jimmy Choo Kid/Elaphe Snk Black Vinny Formal ShoesPrada Grey Patent Open Toe Heel Platforms,Christian Louboutin Nude Bianca 140 Patent Calf Formal Shoes,Joan & David Multicolor Python Snakeskin Platforms,Matt Bernson Platform Ankle Strap Wedges,Christian Louboutin Black Men’s Spikes Formal ShoesNine West Black Cream Blue. Fannyr Wedges,Allen Edmonds Mens St John's Double Monk Strap Brogue Business Dress 11d Formal Shoes,Chloé Navy Canvas Stacked Wood Wedges,Elizabeth and James Black Suede Macrame Comfortable Platforms,Prada Black and Gray Camoscio Contra Formal ShoesAudrey Brooke Gold Quillan Formal Shoes,Miu Miu Light Peachy Pink Peep Toe Platforms,Bottega Veneta Taupe Woven Silk Wedges,Maison Margiela White Multi Euro Print Wedges,Christian Louboutin Black Zoulou Strappy PlatformsMoschino Yellow Blue White Cheap & and Grey Platform Sandals Wedges,Forever 21 Nude Ankle Strap Platform WedgesChristian Louboutin Black Banane 140 Platforms,Tory Burch Brown and Snake Skin Livia Platform Sandals Wedges,Prada Grey Beige Gold Canvas Sport Peep-toe Bow Logo WedgesMichaels Black Kors Patent & Wood Heels. Worn Once For A Photo Shoot. Stunners Go with Everything PlatformsChristian Lacroix Red Embellished Ankle Strap Sandals/Heels Sandals,Tory Burch Black and White Wedges,Saint Laurent Black with Red Pipping Classic Ysl Heel Platforms,Puma Black Sneakers Suede Fashion Platforms,AK Anne Klein Leopard Sport Barista Pump Wedges,Giuseppe Zanotti Red Suede Jem Sculpted 36/6 Wedges Platforms,
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 Black Bibi 140 Cuoio Heel Platforms,
Jimmy Choo Metallic Silver Exclusive Offer Deluxewedges 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.
BCBGeneration Black Penelope Open Toe Sandals / 35 Eu 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.Loeffler Randall Black and Beige Leather Calfskin Leopard Toes 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.Stuart Weitzman Beige Bow Peeptoe Pumps Formal Shoes,
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.Saint Laurent Navy Women's Heels 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.Stuart Weitzman Black The Saucy Suede Wedge Platforms,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Hello Summer! Christian Louboutins Multicolor Greissimo Pump 140. Fabric. Size 40 But Please Be Advice That Christians Runs Smaller Than Actual Size. Extremely Appealing And Easy To Match All Year Around. Same Day Shipping. Box Included.
“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.Jimmy Choo Nude 247 Baxen Patent Leather Wedges,
“Plenty by Tracy Reese Beige / Red Suede Sandals Eur 41 Wedges,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Antonio Melani Silver Paolma Rhinestone High Heel Formal Shoes,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.Christian Louboutin Ivory Hot Pink Heel Gold Very Croise 140 Nappa/Specchio/Patent. Ivory/Pink Platforms,
3.1 Phillip Lim Ivory Parker/Cream Off White/Black Platform Loafer New Wedges,Tory Burch Brown and Beige Platform Wedges,Manolo Blahnik Red Liss Bow-detail Slide Leather Wedges,Dolce&Gabbana Pink Two Tone Black Label Platform Sandal Wedges,Kendall + Kylie Nude Natural Enya Formal Shoes,Laurence Dacade Red Helissa Embroidered Floral Striped Linen Wedge Platforms,Saint Laurent Nude Cap Toe Pumps Platforms,Christian Louboutin Blue Cheetah Lady Spiked Leopard Print Platforms,Nine West Leopard Brown Highway3y Wedges,Chloé Brawn Luxury Leather with Gold Buckle Uk 40 Wedges,Givenchy Black Corinne Leather and Suede Gladiator Sandals Wedges,Jimmy Choo Champagne Glitter Formal ShoesJimmy Choo Red Patent Leather Heels Formal ShoesPrada Gray Suede Strappy Heels Platforms,B Brian Atwood Brown Nude Platforms,Fendi Multicolor Peep Toe Colorblock Lizard Embossed Leather Platforms,Tory Burch Tan/Ivory/Gold Tiffy 65mm WedgesSteve Madden Grey Winny Sandals 755 Wedges,ALDO Black & White Printed WedgesKenneth Cole Black New York Tonianne Formal Shoes,Christian Louboutin Blue Almeria Leather Espadrille Wedge Heels Sandals Platforms,Christian Louboutin Very Croise 140 Nappa/Specchio/Patent Platforms,Sam Edelman Black/Cork Thong Sandals Platforms,Tory Burch Black Perforated Leather Espadrille Slides Wedges,REPORT Blue Teal Bird Print Retro Wedges,Christian Louboutin Black Leather/Charcoal Flannel 3100607 Wedges,Cole Haan Black Air Bria Cap Toe Ii Wedges,Banana Republic Nude Slingbacks Formal Shoes,Hermès Lt Brown / Tan Ankle Strap Clogs Italy Platforms,Saint Laurent Bone/Porcellana White Tribute Ysl Mid-heel Patent Leather Sandals Platforms,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.