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.Valentino Black Rockstud 38/7.5 Patent Leather Ankle Strap Pointed Pumps,
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.Jeffrey Campbell Black and White Boots/Booties,
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.
Rag & Bone Grey Nolan Boots/Booties,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
Alexander Wang Nude Stefania Suede Open-side Pumps,Cole Haan Tan Suede Dress Boots/Booties,Rachel Comey White with Black Details Mackie Boots/BootiesCole Haan Black Petra Riding Boots/Booties,Missoni Gray Shades Of Python and Suede Biker Boots/BootiesFree People Black Tortuga Distressed Ankle Boots/Booties,Madewell Black Leather Zip Ankle Boots/Booties,7 For All Mankind Light Grey Tumbled Pearlize Leather Neely Boots/Booties,Jimmy Choo Purple Silver Grey Suede Boots/Booties,George Dark Red M Leather Reptile Design Very Good Condition Boots/BootiesTory Burch Black Blaire Leather / Flannel Riding Boots/Booties,SENSO Dark Gray Smoke Calf Leather New Boots/Booties,Frye Gray Paige Tall Riding Boots/BootiesBottega Veneta Grey Metallic Leather Ankle Heels W/Straps It 39/Us 9 443165 1117 Boots/Booties,Tretorn Black Plask Mid Women's Rubber Boots/Booties,Dr. Martens Beige Triumph 1914 Calf-high Product #12108202 Boots/Booties,Jeffrey Campbell Winter White Alpine Faux Fur Lined Snow Platform Boots/Booties,Ivanka Trump Dark Grey Leather Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black 85 Patent Pigalle Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Simple 70 Patent Calf PumpsKhombu Grey Melanie Waterproof Winter Multi M Used Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Decollete 100 Mm Patent Pumps,Christian Siriano Hunter Green Jacquard Lurex Boots/BootiesVersace Collection Light Blue Leather Boots/Booties,Free People Green 38 - Suede Summit Ankle W/Box Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Patent Pigalle Follies Leather 100mm Pumps,Isabel Marant Camel Nowles Snow Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Pigalle 85mm Leather Pumps,Sergio Rossi Camel Mid Calf Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black and Gold Pumps
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.Valentino Black White And Patent Leather Polka Dot D'orsay Pumps,
Balenciaga Nude / Beige Stingel Peep Toe Ankle Boots/Booties,“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.
Tahari Grey/Beige Rosalee Womens Suede Boots/Booties,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.Gentle Souls Blue New Velvet Double Zipper Boots/Booties,
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.Black Na Boots/Booties,
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.Rock & Republic Gray R&r Suede Boots/Booties,
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.Wild Diva Taupe Suede Knee-high Boots/Booties,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Lucky Brand's Basel booties are the perfect utilitarian style. You can pair them with just about anything and always look stylish.
Round closed-toe booties with zipper closure on each side
Leather upper; manmade sole
“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.Corral Boots Red and Black Vintage with Lizard Overlay Boots/Booties,
“Jeffrey Campbell Black 99 Tie Wedge Boots/Booties,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Tory Burch Black and Gray Boots/Booties,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.Christian Louboutin Black Corneille 100 Pumps,
Lucchese Red Leather Western Cowboy Cowgirl Women's B Boots/BootiesJeffrey Campbell Dark Olive Zipper Boots/Booties,Clarks Black Malia Poplar A/Moto Boots/Booties,Cloudwalkers Grey Slouchy Perfect For Fall Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Iriza 100 Pumps,L.A.M.B. Black Brown and White Snakeskin Boots/Booties,J.Crew Taupe Grommet Suede Desert Boots/Booties,Dr. Martens Black and Purple Leather Boots/Booties,Aerosoles Black Boomerang Ankle 051 Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Grey Bianca 120 Charbon Suede Platform Classic Ankle Heel Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Yo-yo Sling Zeppa PumpsChristian Louboutin Black New Crissos 85 Leather Pumps,Roberto Cavalli Tan Women's Suede Ankle Boots/Booties,Rebecca Minkoff Burgundy Ridley Suede Leather Peep Toe Ankle Boots/Booties,Tory Burch Black and Blue Boots/BootiesB?rn Black B.o.c. Shea Ankle 531 / 36.5 Eu Boots/BootiesMarc Fisher Grey Humor2 Over The Knee 384 Dark Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black So Kate Patent Pumps,Christian Louboutin White Beloved Laser Cut Pumps,Sam Edelman Tan Taylan Tall Fringe Leather Otk Over The Knee Camel 6 Boots/BootiesHunter Red Kid's First Rain Boots/Booties,Old Gringo Brown Green Yippee Ki Yay Kailani Boots/Booties,Dr. Scholl's Black Brilliance Riding / 39 Eu Display Boots/Booties,Rag & Bone Grey Spring 2014 Runway Open-toe Ankle Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Me Pam 85 Patent Ankle T Strap Heel Pumps,Hunter Black and White Tall Wellington Boots/BootiesVince Camuto Camel Tan Ankle Boots/Booties,Emilio Pucci Pink & Fuscia Boots/Booties,Jimmy Choo Acid Yellow & Black Moon Boots/Booties,Frye Gray Phillip Leather Buckle Riding Tall Boots/Booties,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.