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.Jimmy Choo Navy Sparkly Heels Sandals,
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.Brother Vellies Tan Snakeskin Babouche Sandals,
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.
Valentino Nude Dark Garavani Rockstud Naked Leather Sandals,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
Valentino Multicolor Gladiator Native Couture Chevron Rockstud Flats 38.5 Euro Sandals,Tory Burch Jelly Blue Pearce Thong SandalsGianvito Rossi Beige Flora Praline Nude Ruffle Stiletto SandalsBadgley Mischka Black Leather Jeweled High SandalsTory Burch Black Miller Flat Thong Sandals,Christian Louboutin Gold / Cork Platform Wedge Sandals,Valentino Blue Camo Stars Pvc Sandals,Bottega Veneta Silver New Leather Flat Thong W/Metal Heel It 36.5/ 6.5 322607 1410 Sandals,Tory Burch Silver Metallic Stud Embellished Crystal SandalsJimmy Choo Nude Vamp Patent Leather Platform Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Silver Pachacry Jeweled Cap Toe Pumps Sandals,Marc by Marc Jacobs Blue Dot Fur Slides Sandals,Valentino Black Leather Free Rockstud Spike Quilted Heel Ankle Strap Sand SandalsSaint Laurent Cognac Tribute Leather Platform Sandals,Common Projects Green Women By Olive Suede Zip Ankle Strap Sandals,Bottega Veneta Red Woven Leather Slingback / 347044 6329 SandalsJeffrey Campbell White/Silver Handmade Ibiza Last "Karlag" Sandals,Miu Miu Beige/Tan Strappy Leather SandalsChristian Louboutin Blackissima High Heels SandalsCamilla Skovgaard Black Python Victory Stiletto Sandals,Tory Burch Royal Tan T Gemini Link Strap SandalsTory Burch Tan Wedge Peep Toe Wooden Heel Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Noir Nudist Ankle Strap Sandals,Jimmy Choo Champagne Nova Slingbacks Sandals,Tory Burch Gold Brown Gunmetal Leather Gladiator SandalsTory Burch Patent Black Cameron Thong-patent Calf Sandals,Christian Louboutin Coral Disco Lilou Leather Sandals,Steve Madden Beige Cut Out Sandals,Christian Louboutin White Jacqueline De Crepe Satin Wing SandalsTory Burch 10m Miller Striped Printed Patent Leather Sandals
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.Manolo Blahnik Gold Item # Moo30136 Sandals,
Jack Rogers Caribbean Blue and Midnight Blue 1914sn0002 Sandals,“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.
Prada Multi Colors Vintage Collection Sandals,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.Tory Burch Bright Navy Zoey Sandals,
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.Tory Burch Navy/ Green Churchill Leather Slip On Sneakers Sneakers,
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.Sergio Rossi Silver Tresor Swarovski Crystal Sandals,
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.Circus by Sam Edelman Black and White Beth Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Featuring patent leather in fuchsia pink, these espadrille wedges are adorned with side bow at vamp. This Valentino espadrille has 3/4-inch of platform and a high 3.5-inch wedge heel (includes the height of the platform). Padded leather insole. Rubber sole. Made in Italy. Color code: F47.
Size: 39 EU (Insole: 9 7/8")
Brand New in the Original Box with Valentino dust bag.
Please note: These are European size shoes. European size cannot always be accurately compared to a US size. For example, 39 EU may or may not be the equivalent to a US size 9. Please make sure the size is appropriate for you prior to making a purchase.
“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.Tory Burch End-of-summer-sale Royal Tan/Gold 9m Sandals,
“Valentino Cognac Brown Rockstud Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flat Sandals,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Christian Louboutin Nude Alarc Spike Leather Mesh Strappy 36.5 Sandals,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.Hervé Leger Coral Red Odette Strappy Heel Sandals,
Tory Burch Rosa Thora Reverse Metallic Leather SandalsTory Burch Sand/251 Vickie Flat Thong-patent Calf Leather Style#21128509 Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Oro "E60114" Swarovski Crystal Detailed Patent Leather Thong SandalsLaurence Dacade Black Hope Open Toe Msrp SandalsPrada Brown Flower Embellished Suede Cage Sandals,Saint Laurent Orchid Tribute Yves Suede 105 10.5/41 Sandals,Birkenstock Black Nubuck Arizona Caribou Sandals,Taupe Pons Classic Style In Sandals,Valentino Black Thong Ews00210 Ab601 J17 SandalsBalenciaga Pink Rose Leather Studded Arena Thong Flats 37 Sandals,Sophia Webster Pink Pastel Talulah 100 Sandals,Tory Burch Blue Macaw Cecile Patent City SandalsJimmy Choo New In Box Sexy Cutout Gladiator Boots 7 Sandals,Loeffler Randall Black Multi Heloise Canvas Ankle-wrap Espadrilles Sandals,Oro Rosa Capri Chain Link Metallic Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Pearce Royal Tan Leather Thong Flip Flop Sandals,Laurence Dacade Black 'flash' Studded Cuffed Thong SandalsJimmy Choo Multicolor Snake Skin SandalsStella McCartney Natural Raffia Braided Chunky Sandals,Miu Miu Red St Cocco Platform SandalsTory Burch White Women’s Monroe Leather Sandals,Mystique Boutique Natural Mother Of Pearl Disc Sandals,Tory Burch Black Silver Briza Sandals,Christian Louboutin Black Athena Patent T-strap Flat Sz. 38 Euro SandalsValentino Brown Rockstud Leather Strappy City Heels Sandals,Hale Bob Gold 4" Heels Sandals,Saint Laurent Cassandre Logo Embellished Leather Heels Sandals,Tory Burch Navy Marguerite Flat Veg Leather Sandals,Birki's by Birkenstock Blue Mahe Hologram Sandals,Prada Orange Sport Patent T-strap Sandals,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.