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.Stella McCartney Beige Morgana Patent Sling Back 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.Burberry Taupe Guilles Castlegate 115 Platform Sandal 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.
Dolce&Gabbana Brown Leopard Print Pony Hair 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 New Bareta 100 Spiked 9.5 Pumps,Valentino Beige Garavani Women's Leather Ankle Strap Kitten Heels Pumps,Mario Valentino Brown and Black Heels PumpsChristian Louboutin Pale Pink Satin Ballerina Corset Pointed Toe Pumps,Christian Louboutin Pink Pigalle Follies 100 Patent Tie Dye Leather 37 Pumps,Miu Miu Pale Pink Patent Leather Mary-jane PumpsVersace Purple Leather Flower Jacquard Greek Keys Evening Dress 7 Pumps,Jimmy Choo Black Glitter Peep Toe Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gold Tsarou Platine Specchio Pom Pom Stiletto PumpsDolce Vita Black Silver Dv By Pumps,Christian Louboutin Bright Green So Kate In Neon Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Pigalle Plato 120mm PumpsValentino Multi Color Garavani Strappy Ankle Strap / 9 Pumps,Vince Camuto Almond Beige Suede Leather Pointed Toe Designer Pumps,Christian Louboutin Grey Argotik 100 Suede PumpsCalvin Klein Pink Gayle Classic Heels Petal / 38.5 Eu PumpsPrada Burgundy Classic Camoscio Basic Bordeaux Suede Almond-toe PumpsChristian Louboutin Brown/Black Leopard Print Dahlia 100 Pony Luxor Pumps,Marc by Marc Jacobs White Star Pumps,Bottega Veneta Multi-color New Leather Bow W/Pink Toe It / 10 352586 9796 PumpsChristian Louboutin Nude Silver Tucsy 100 Glitter Leather Jazz 37.5 Pumps,Nine West Taupe Croc Rocha Pumps,Saint Laurent Two-tone Nude with Black Tip Janis Cap-toe Platform Pumps,Chloé Pink Salmon Peep Toe Leather Pumps,Christian Louboutin Silver Sirene Glitter Pigalle Pumps,Gianmarco Lorenzi Beige Style # 32546a PumpsChristian Louboutin Black Squared Toe Pumps,Gianvito Rossi Orange Ankle Buckle Gladiator Heel Sandals C1506 Pumps,Christian Louboutin Pink Iriza 100 Rosa Rose Suede D'orsay Heel 35 Pumps,Christian Louboutin Brown Python Daffodile 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.Cole Haan Black Justine (55mm) Pumps,
Valentino Mustard Yellow/Nude Rockstud Kitten Heels 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.
ALDO Taupe 8.50m Very Good Condition 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.Jimmy Choo Brown 'abel' Shimmer Pointed - 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.Kendall + Kylie Red Gloria Ankle-strap Dark 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 Begonia Pink Suede Leather Classic Pumps,
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.Sophia Webster White Black New Mika Polka Dot 39 Pumps,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Christian Louboutin Treopli Black Suede Platform Pumps. $649 retail. EU 36.5 fits like a US 6.5. Insole measures 9 3/8 inches. Heel is 4 1/2 inches. Platform is 5/8 inch. Very good condition. Traction sole guards on bottoms. 100% authentic.
“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.Vince Gray Celeste D’orsay Pointy Pumps,
“Christian Louboutin Brown New Cork Nautical Chevron Pigalle Follies 100 Heels 36 604 Pumps,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Charlotte Olympia Grey Tango Glitter Karung Pumps,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 Black Drapicone 120 Leather Heel Bootie Pumps,
Miu Miu Red Bow-embellished Patent-leather Pumps,Valentino Red & Nude Leather Love Latch Pumps,L'Wren Scott Plum New Suede PumpsCharles Jourdan Blue Suede Platform Pumps,Saint Laurent Black Tribute Paris Patent Leather Platform PumpsGiuseppe Zanotti Black Leather & Crystals Platform Heels Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Grey/Brown Tweed Kitten Heel Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Designer Red Sole Elegant Leather Pumps,bebe Misty Rose Cristal Sandals High Heel Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gold New Very Prive Peep Toe Hidden Platform Rose Stiletto Pumps,Roberto Cavalli Beige Patent Leather Gold/Beige Peep Toe Pumps,Valentino Bronze Gold Metallic Leather Platform Open Toe Bow Heels Pumps,Christian Louboutin Gray Lady Daffodil Cobra Snake 160 Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Black Fabric and Leather Pumps,Christian Louboutin Jaguar Version Brown Culturella 70 Pony Jaguar/Kid PumpsTom Ford Rose Pink Padlock Ankle Strap Suede Pumps,Valentino Pastel Gray Rockstuds - Sz. Pumps,Christian Louboutin Blue #12804 Pigalle Follies 100 Veau Velours Pumps,Givenchy Black Patent Leather Peep Toe Heels Pumps,Christian Louboutin Kate Marble-print Cork Pumps,Escada Tan and White Heels Pumps,Dior Brown New Diorissimo 5 Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Pointy Toe Pumps,Salvatore Ferragamo Gray / Beige 398 Pumps,Giuseppe Zanotti Brown Design Donna Leather Evening Eur 39 PumpsBCBGeneration Black White "Malcolm" Open Toe Heel Sandals Pumps,Christian Louboutin Nude Lady Lynch 120mm Pumps,Christian Louboutin Nude Merci Allen 100 Patent Heels A438 Pumps,Manolo Blahnik Black Patent Leather Pointy - PumpsValentino Poudre Nude New Garavani Rockstud 38.5 Pumps,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.