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.women Brown Paten Leather Pumps Reliable reputation,
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.WOMENS Steve Madden Black Villano Sandals economy,
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.
women Giorgio Armani Pumps Order welcome,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
womens Dolce&Gabbana Pink Sandalo Vern+canosc+guan Pumps Consumers firstwoman Bernie Mev Bronze/Black Cleopatra Mules/Slides Good design,Ladies Birkenstock White Cancun--sadly Discontinued Sandals Large selection,MISS YEEZY Cream Season 2 Pumps Rich design,lady Zara Black Heels Pumps Excellent valueladies Nike Free Sneakers Exquisite workmanship,woman Badgley Mischka Cream None Pumps diversity,Women's Salvatore Ferragamo Black Pumps Elegant,MISS Salvatore Ferragamo Mules/Slides selling price,woman Blue Denim Short Heel Pumps Pleasant appearance,women Anne Klein Mules/Slides Durable service,MISS Tod's Black Slip On Mules/Slides Fair price,LADY Salvatore Ferragamo 09103 55 Pumps High quality and economy,Women's Liz Claiborne Cream Beige Pumps Many styles,WOMEN Manolo Blahnik Multicolor Sepulcrus Pumps Moderate costs,woman Salvatore Ferragamo Carla Pumps Online shop,Ladies Sperry Pink Blue White Sneakers Modern mode,ladies Kork-Ease Brown/Copper Tutsi Mules/Slides International choice,WOMENS Marc Jacobs Maryjane Pumps Carefully selected materialswomen French Connection Burgundy 640320 Pumps auction,women L.K. Bennett Black Pumps Great classificationWOMENS Black Italian Mules/Slides Average costs,woman Miu Miu Green Pumps Easy to handle,lady Lanvin Orange Dusty Leather Pumps Pleasant feeling,MISS Birkenstock Black New London Mules/Slides durabilityWOMEN Ralph Lauren Pumps Sale online store,Women's Christian Louboutin Nude Pumps retail pricewomen Burberry Brown Penny Loafer Pumps Different products,LADY Manolo Blahnik Leopard/Sequin Pumps Reliable reputationLADY Manolo Blahnik Blac Pumps auction,
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.lady Christian Louboutin Black Simple Pumps brand,
LADY Burberry Black and Classic Pumps Big clearance sale,“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.
Ladies Veronica Beard Cranberry Fur Mules/Slides Practical and economical,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.ladies Dansko Wine Mules/Slides Beautiful design,
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.WOMENS Manolo Blahnik Burgundy Kitten Pumps Modern and stylish fashion,
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.women Sam Edelman Oatmeal Hayden Pumps Exquisite workmanship,
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.woman Zara Gold Leather Mid-heel Pumps First quality,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
MANOLO BLAHNIK STRAPPY HEELS, tortoise shell patent leather, WITH BRONZED COLORING FOOTING.. And BUCKLE.. ONLY New 1x!!! SUEDE BOTTOMS SCUFF EASILY.. ** SEE HEEL STUB FOR EXCLLENT CONDITION!!
“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.ladies Marni Black Velcro Sneakers Sneakers High quality and cheap,
“women Christian Louboutin Blue Cht52400 Pumps Flagship store,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
womens Cole Haan Puprple Pumps Moderate price,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.womens Manolo Blahnik Black Urgenza Pumps special offer,
women adidas Black Gazelle Sneakers Stylish and charming,MISS Dansko Black Professional Mules/Slides New marketlady Butter Pewter Pumps Excellent,womens Jessica Simpson Black Jp-livvy Pumps Moderate costs,women Prada Black Like New Pumps Crazy Price, Birmingham,WOMEN Blac Sneakers Attractive and durable,woman Saint Laurent Royal Blue Pumps New,ladies Salvatore Ferragamo Brown Vintage Pumps Really,MISS Manolo Blahnik Gold Mules/Slides Charming design,women H&M Mules/Slides Buy onlinewomens Prada Red Patent Peep Pumps New varieties are introduced,WOMEN Prada Black Strappy Sandals Pumps Big clearance saleladies Saint Laurent Black Velvet Pumps Elegant appearance,womens Stuart Weitzman Beige Corkswoon Pumps Nice appearanceWOMENS Nude and Red Pumps Price reductionLADY Nike Wmns Capri Llllth Sneakers Stylish and funny,women J.Crew Brown Mules/Slides Wholesale,WOMEN Manolo Blahnik Oxblood Pumps DiscountWOMENS Stuart Weitzman Beige Logoplainfield Pumps newcomerladies Prada 1ip051 Pumps Immediate delivery,MISS United Nude Burgundy Eats Pumps Reasonable delivery and punctual delivery,Ladies Salvatore Ferragamo Brown Trilly Pumps Crazy Price, Birmingham,woman Blowfish Comfy Wedges in short supply,LADY Marc Jacobs Blue Turquoise Mules/Slides Elegant and robust packaging,women Vaneli Pumps Beautiful art,MISS Vince Camuto Raspberry Pumps Different styles and styleswoman Fendi Black Pumps Cheap ideal,LADY Black Crocodile Leather Mules/Slides Ideal gift for all occasionsLadies ALDO Rose Gold Pumps At an affordable price,WOMENS Birkenstock Brown Python Metallic Sandals Great classification,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.