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.lady Aerosoles Brown Mules/Slides Affordable,
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.woman Salvatore Ferragamo White 0158410 Pumps to buy,
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.
lady Black Business Pumps Excellent,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
WOMEN Hermès Beige Sandals Open Pumps Reliable performance,woman Prada Navy Blue. Sneakers Exquisite workmanship,womens Prada With Flower Embellishment Pumps New style,woman Cole Haan Orange Pumps Nice color,Ladies Loeffler Randall Pink Croc Pumps Crazy price,Ladies Salvatore Ferragamo Tan/Brown Pumps Modern mode,Ladies Ralph Lauren Collection Beige Pumps Beautiful design,WOMEN BCBGMAXAZRIA Denim Leila Pumps Cheap,Ladies Christian Louboutin Black Cute Pumps official website,LADY Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps FreeLadies Prada Black Vernice Basic Pumps Different styles and styleswoman Metallic Nude Fringe Mules/Slides product quality,womens Manolo Blahnik Multicolor Sepulcrus Pumps Louis, in detail,ladies Jimmy Choo Ivory Pumps Practical and economicalladies Fendi Gold Bronze Brown Mules/Slides Low price,WOMEN Versace Black/Gold Dsl74on Dvt2p Pumps Very good quality,womens Versace White Gold Pumps price concessionswomens St. John Black Pumps New design,WOMEN Birkenstock Black Leather Boston Mules/Slides Famous store,lady Red/Yellow Sneakers On-line,WOMEN Topshop Camel/ Tan Sandals Elegant styleWomen's Naughty Monkey Grey Pumps Elegant shape,WOMEN Marc Jacobs Pumps A balance between toughness and hardness,Women's Black Sweet Suede Mules/Slides Very good color,WOMEN Børn Black Studded Mules/Slides Year-end sales,woman Ivanka Trump Burgundy/Gold Tweed Pumps Special promotions at the end of the year,MISS Burberry Brown Checker Cndonqingua Sneakers Authentic guarantee,women Christian Louboutin Nude Pumps Customer first,ladies Birkenstock Gold Arizona Softbed Sandals New varieties are introduced,ladies Prada Peep Pumps Comfort,
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.womens Jack Rogers Brown Navajo Sandals Highly appreciated and widely trusted in and out,
Women's Salvatore Ferragamo Red Leather Pumps durability,“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.
woman Ivanka Trump Fuchsia Pumps shopping online,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.womens Tory Burch Gray Pierson Pumps Nice color,
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.MISS Manolo Blahnik Black Hangisi Pumps auction,
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.womens Charlotte Olympia Multi Color Pumps Perfect 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.Ladies Dansko Multicolor Tweed 39 Mules/Slides Aesthetic appearance,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
New two times, made from fabric with wood heels
“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.WOMENS Dolce&Gabbana Green Tarmonia Pumps Negotiate,
“WOMEN Valentino Pink Rockstud Pumps Nice,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
women Jessica Simpson Beige Jersee Pumps Sale online store,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.lady Anne Klein Green Pumps Every article described is available,
WOMEN Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps impeccableWOMENS Vince Nude Leather Pumps Strong value,womens Valentino Beige Rockstuds Pumps Rich on-time deliveryMISS Black Shelby Pumps Cheapest,MISS Saint Laurent Blue Stiletto Pumps Selected materials,women Zara Sneakers Pleasant appearance,woman Clarks Mules/Slides Cheap,Women's Franco Sarto Heels Pumps Elegant and stable packaging,ladies Luciano Padovan Red Pumps Affordable,women Prada Coral Red Vernice Pumps Reliable performancewoman Black Haig Embellished Sneaker Sneakers Elegant appearance,women Manolo Blahnik Bright Yellow Pumps official websiteWOMEN Fendi Brown Oxford Pumps Comfort,Ladies Christian Louboutin Boudiva Mules/Slides Elegant appearanceLadies Wanted Natural/Beige Trump Mules/Slides economy,WOMEN Saint Laurent Black Yves Pumps We have received praise from our customers.,WOMEN Vince Black Claire D'orsay Pumps Excellent quality,Women's Prada Black Pumps Quality firstwoman Manolo Blahnik Red Mb Pumps Fast deliverywomens Bruno Magli Brown Leather Pumps Sufficient supply,woman Vans Black Slip On Sneakers New style,lady Rachel Comey Black Mars Mules/Slides Stylish,lady Chloé Blush Scalloped Pumps Modern,lady Stuart Weitzman Turquoise Patent Pumps special offer,womens Dolce&Gabbana Multicolor Leather Pumps At an affordable price,womens Tod's Burgundy Leather Studded Pumps Moderate price,Women's Prada Tan Pumps new entry,WOMEN Nike Zoom Pegasus 34 Sneakers Stylish and funny,ladies Rebecca Minkoff Black Aiden Mules/Slides Online shop,woman Steve Madden Black Vexi Pumps Latest technology,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.