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.Stuart Weitzman Taupe Gladrags Fringe Studded Gladiator M ~new In Box 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.Tory Burch Royal Tan Amanda Flat Thong Tumbled Leather 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.
Lanvin Brown Leather Python Snakeskin Ankle Wrap 7 Wedge 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
Anthropologie Gold Genuine Leather Scalloped Femme Heels Dress Us7 Sandals,Koolaburra Stone New Artist Leather Boho Festival Bone Choose To 8.5 Sandals,Valentino Multicolor Rainbow Leather 1973 Rockstud Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Multi Red Green Blue New SandalsBrian Atwood Multi-colored Iosy Color-block Snakeskin Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Flat Gladiator Leather Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Black Sandals--style Hw97795 Sandals,Diane von Furstenberg Black Strappy Heels SandalsTory Burch Leaf Green Leighanne Saffiano Patent SandalsValentino Black Rockstud Leather Gold Ankle Strap Flat 39 Sandals,Prada Natural Straw Leather Ankle Strap Jewel Lucite Sandals,Gianvito Rossi Blue Leather Open Toe Bow Accent Heeled Sandals,Colin Stuart White Cute Wedge SandalsStuart Weitzman Black In Patent Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Spark Gold Laura Flat Thong Metallic Tumbled Leather Sandals,Tory Burch Violet Leather Women's 8.5m Sandals,Proenza Schouler Black New Woven Leather Ankle Strap Sandals,Rachel Zoe Metallic Cami Leather Thong Jelly SandalsJimmy Choo Denim Leather Louise Sandals,Stuart Weitzman Black Suede Realdeal Women's Platform High Heel Sandals,Valentino Rockstud Leather Tall Gladiator Sandals,Fendi Black Ava Crocodile Leather Flat 36.5 Sandals,Badgley Mischka Silver Leather with Studded Rhinestones Sandals,Isabel Marant Black Holden Quilted Leather Slides SandalsTory Burch Gold Zoey Metallic Thong SandalsJack Rogers Pink and Gold Jelly SandalsStuart Weitzman Metallic Snake Embossed Strappy High Heeled Sandals,Vionic Cork & Gold Amber SandalsAncient Greek Sandals Tan/Gold Wing SandalsBakers Silver M Rhinestones Very Good Condition 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.Badgley Mischka Silvernew with Tags Tempe Dress Sandals,
Tory Burch Dark Fuchsia 51138205 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.
Valentino Rockstud Rock Stud New 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.Marni Ivory Chrome Wedge Leather Ankle Wrap 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.Vince Grey Addie Open-toe Buckle-back Sandals,
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.Saint Laurent * Fetish Strappy Leopard-print Pony Hair & Leather Harness 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.Burberry Tan Icon Clip Housecheck Masieflat Thong Sandals,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
The 'Carla' sandal
Distressed Bronze leather
Multi-toned bead embellished front T-strap
Covered ankle with gold-toned 'TT' zipper
Round open peep toe
Leather wrapped stiletto heel
Leather lining and
Cushioned leather insole
Original retail $495
Made in Brazil
5" Heel (top of foot bed down to heel cap)
7.875" Length (outside, from edge of platform to heel cap)
3" Width (at widest point of platform)
“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.Saint Laurent Black Tribute Slide Sandals,
“Tory Burch Black Amanda Wedge Sandals,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Vince Camuto Gold Mairana Block Heeled Two Strap 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.Tommy Hilfiger Black Wrap Around Sandals,
Valentino Black Rockstud Pebble Leather Thong Flat Flip Flop 36 Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black with Silver Studs X Balmain Leather Suede Studded Gladiator Sandals,Giuseppe Zanotti Black Torchio Aspro Nero Sandals,Jimmy Choo Orange/Clear Mayner 130 Pop Orange/Clear Sandals,Light Brown Beena Strappy Comfort Sandals,Jack Rogers Purple and Gold Sandals,Salvatore Ferragamo Multi Floral Boutique Pool Slide Women's Sandals,Isabel Marant Pale Pink Braided Leather New Or Eu 38 Sandals,Christian Louboutin Gold Metallic Mesh Trim SandalsVince Camuto Grey Nwot Fia Suede Sandals,Christian Louboutin New Python Tina 9 Sandals,Jack Rogers Platinum Hamptons Classic Navajo Flat Sandals,Sam Edelman Black/White - Giselle Sandals,Tory Burch Dulche De Leche - Light Beige Miller 2 51158688 Sandals,Tory Burch Tan Kira Gladiator Bow Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Black Patent 'chaos' 4" Heel Ankle Strap 37.5 Sandals,Manolo Blahnik Clear & Nude Wedges Sandals,Saint Laurent Brown Tribute Leopard Print Suede Bianca Platform Heel Strap Sandals,Frye Pink Carson Ballet Flats 507 Blush Sandals,Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop SandalsAncient Greek Sandals Neutral/Nude and Silver Ikaria Leather Glitter SandalsGivenchy Pink and Black Classic Fushia Fox Fur Logo Plate Slip-on Slides SandalsChristian Louboutin Black Runana 100 Patent/Pat Bazin SandalsTory Burch Brown Gabriella New with Box Sandals,Miu Miu Canvas Green with Purple Glitter Ribbon Cotto Open Toe Ankle Strap Sandals,Sergio Rossi Gray Leather and Silver Chain Sandals,Birki's by Birkenstock Black 240 Sandals,Tory Burch Burnt Almond Dillan Sandals,Valentino Beige Rockstud Cage Slide SandalsBurberry Nuneaton Check Wedge Dark Heather Melange Sandals,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.