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.ladies Miu Miu Blac Pumps a wide range of products,
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.ladies J.Crew Blue Collection Caged Pumps High-quality materials,
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.
woman Keen Chocolate Brown/Woodbine Bryce Sneakers Used in durability,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 Valentino Blush Pumps Comfort,Women's Dansko Floral Red Valerie Mules/Slides Excellent featuresWOMEN Christian Louboutin Helmour Patent Pumps Year-end sales,woman Christian Louboutin Black Fifi Pumps Practical and economical,MISS Brighton Golden Brown Heels Pumps economy,ladies Vince Camuto Black Leather Pumps Fair priceLADY Vintage Havana Loafers Mules/Slides Hot sale,womens Dior Green and Black Mules/Slides Big clearance saleLadies Dior Navy Python Pumps Primary quality,ladies Blue Charged Sneakers Nice,MISS Prada Black Pumps Hot sale,WOMEN Manolo Blahnik Vippina Pumps Selected materials,Ladies Salvatore Ferragamo Black Suede Pumps Reliable reputation,womens Tory Burch Black Gigi Pumps Reliable quality,Ladies Macy's Pumps Used in durabilityLadies JOE'S Jeans Tan Arnie Pumps Crazy Price, Birmingham,lady Valentino Beige Rockstud Rolling Pumps High-quality materialsWomen's Tod's Beige Comfortable Pumps Call first,Women's Tory Burch Chocolate/Tan/Orange Meghan Pumps Modern and stylish fashionWomen's Autumn Brown Nurture Mules/Slides Win highly appreciated,WOMENS Jessica Simpson Black Claudette Pumps finishing,woman Guess Snakeprint Brown Colette Pumps Stylish,Ladies Vince Camuto Brown/Black Pumps diversityLadies Charlotte Olympia Swarovski Pumps Modern modeMISS Prada Black Patent Mules/Slides Carefully selected materials,WOMEN Multicolor Giovanny Pumps New design,women Black Loafer Pumps High-quality materials,Women's Salvatore Ferragamo Blue Metallic Pumps Optimal price,LADY Jimmy Choo Liliac Romy Pumps Quality first,WOMEN Jil Sander Black Pumps Won highly esteemed and widely trusted at home and abroad,
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.WOMEN Stella McCartney Brown Sabot Mules/Slides Nice and charming,
woman ALDO Floral Pumps price concessions,“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.
Women's Saint Laurent Black Pumps Queensland,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.woman Sneakers Different styles and styles,
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.Ladies Christian Louboutin Brown Pigalle Pumps Exquisite workmanship,
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.MISS Ivanka Trump Nude Katie Pumps First group of customers,
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.womens Salvatore Ferragamo Navy Bacio Pumps Beautiful design,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Zara Flat Multi-color Mules
Condition: New with tags
Pointed toe mules
Striped upper with fringe detail
Upper: 100% polyester
Soles: 100% thermoplastic rubber
“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.Women's Jimmy Choo Red Leather Pumps We have received praise from our customers.,
“ladies Beige Croc-embossed Pumps New design,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
ladies Salvatore Ferragamo Pewter Pumps Various current designs,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.MISS Prada Silver Bow Sneakers Sneakers To adopt,
lady Nicole Miller Runway Heel Pumps First in his class,women Sophia Webster Multicolor Lola Pumps durable,womens Brown Leather Nurture Brand Mules/Slides durability,woman Jean-Michel Cazabat Black Heels Pumps in short supply,WOMEN Tory Burch Black Slide Sandals Qualified production,womens Dansko Red Patent Mules/Slides High quality products,womens Tahari Beige None Mules/Slides Known for its excellent qualitylady Jeffrey Campbell Bullet Pumps Cheap ideal,WOMENS Stuart Weitzman Ivory Bridal Pumps Elegant stylewomens Christian Louboutin Black 2016 Pumps New products in 2223,WOMENS Pedro Garcia Green-grey-brown Pumps Comfort,women Brown London Rosette Pumps Order welcome,LADY Nike Sneakers Popular tide shoes,LADY Prada Black Mules/Slides Consumers firstladies Christian Louboutin Black/Silver Newton Pumps High securityMISS Tory Burch Brown Gold Pumps Aesthetic appearance,Ladies Jimmy Choo Red Jasper Pumps Attractive and durable,ladies Black Croc Embossed Leather Pumps Complete specification area,WOMEN Jimmy Choo Orchid 131meddle Pumps Strong heat and wear resistance,lady Jack Rogers Madras Alana Sandals Reasonable delivery and punctual delivery,women Birkenstock Blue Tatami Mules/Slides auctionlady Stuart Weitzman Cream Pumps Nice and charming,woman Express Red 5525 Pumps Year-end sales,Women's Manolo Blahnik Kid Black Pumps special offer,womens Christian Louboutin Black Soso Pumps Different products,womens Jimmy Choo Purple Mindy Pumps Reasonable price,Ladies J.Crew Gray Everly Pumps Fashion,womens Børn Burgundy/Brown Mules/Slides Popular recommendationladies Maison Margiela Black Mules/Slides Nice,WOMEN Manolo Blahnik Giraffe Print Pumps Fashion,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.