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.The North Face Brown/ Plaid / Khaki Shellista Luxe Boots/Booties,
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.Missguided Black Peep Toe Cut Out Ankle 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.
Burberry Black Tan and Gold Rain 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
Christian Louboutin Black Very Prive Leather Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black New Pigalle 100 Mm Patent Leather Pointed 41 Pumps,BCBGeneration Tan Suede Wedge Open Boots/Booties,Merrell Matte Black Waterproof Knee High Boots/Booties,Givenchy Beige Cappuccino Shark Lock Foldover Suede Boots/Booties,Charles by Charles David Black Janelle Leather Suede Gold Buckle Ankle Moto Boots/Booties,Vince Camuto Dark Red Caden Boots/Booties,Rachel Zoe Sapphire New Sap Raylee Suede Boots/Booties,Steven by Steve Madden Black Wein Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Pigalle Follies 100mm 36.5 Pumps,Jeffrey Campbell White/Gold Adams Lion Sneaker Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Patent Leather Peep 40.5) Pumps,Christian Louboutin Red Snakilta 36.5 Leather Spike Stud Lady Pump High Heel Zip Ankle Boots/Booties,B?rn Black Pebble Leather Double Buckle Boots/BootiesFrye Coral Reina Ankle In Nubuck Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Booton 85mm Mary Jane Pumps,Aquatalia Dark Gray Womens Foster Suede Weatherproof Buckled Ankle Boots/BootiesValerie Stevens Beige Tall Knee High Leather Zippered Like New Boots/Booties,Jeffrey Campbell Ivory Black O'riley Boots/BootiesVince Camuto Taupe Gray Simlee Suede Verona M New Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Madame Menule 100 Velvet Bow Heel Pumps,Christian Louboutin Black Pigalle Follies 100 Patent Crow Heel Pumps,Tory Burch Dark Blue Leather Fur For Women New 8 Boots/Booties,Lucky Brand Grey Kalie Studded Zip Up Ankle 308 Brindle / 38 Boots/Booties,BCBGeneration Black Bcbg Ally Suede Boots/BootiesEMU Black & White Suede Boots/BootiesJimmy Choo Animal Print & Black Pony Skin Pumps,Via Spiga Dark Olive Demetra Boots/Booties,Enzo Angiolini Tan Suede Gimm Ankle Boots/Booties,Pierre Hardy Grey Strap and Buckle Accented Leather Boots/Booties,
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.Balenciaga Pink Velvet with Block Heel Ankle Boots/Booties,
Black / Bl063 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.
Gap Gray Suede - with Wooden Low Chunky Heel and Buckle Across Ankle 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.Christian Louboutin Black Breche 100 Patent Pumps,
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.Red Camel Cream and Off White 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.Rag & Bone Camel And Newbury 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.Soludos Grey Braided Suede Ankle Boots/Booties,
Kohl-Welles noted the need for more housing but also lauded the stadium as an important asset to fund.
Killer pair of Festival bohemian fringe OTK boots from Sam Edelman will take you to festivals and concerts year-round.
A stacked heel and dramatic fringe trim heighten the rustic, Western vibe of a look-defining over-the-knee boot.
Side fringe trim
Stacked chunky heel
Approx. 19" shaft height, 14.5" opening circumference
Approx. 3 1/4" heel
These will come to you in the original large box. MSRP $325 pre-tax. Sorry, no offers.
“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.Manolo Blahnik Grey Aspendum Suede Net Mule Pumps,
“Saint Laurent Tan Suede Fringe Knee High Boots/Booties,This is still a financial challenge for everyone across the board,” he said.
Nine West Tan Stretch Pull On Leather 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.Zara Blue Velvet Chunky High Heel Ankle Boots/Booties,
Jimmy Choo Silver / White Abel Crystal Pointed Toe Pumps,Valentino White Rockstud Ivory Patent Nude T Strap Point Heel PumpsEcru Corrine Open Toe Cutout Boots/Booties,ALA?A Burgundy Geometric Stud Platform Boots/Booties,Rachel Comey Navy Blue Chunky Boots/Booties,Naturalizer Black Dora Block-heel Ankle 531 Boots/BootiesNaughty Monkey Gray Suede Slouch with Wedge Heel Boots/BootiesChristian Louboutin Black Pigalle 120 Patent Leather 39.5 9 - Pumps,Valentino Ivory Rockstud Patent Nude T Strap Heels Pumps,Ralph Lauren Tan Ralph-lauren-saphira-vachetta-short-boot-size-9-b Ralph-lauren-saphi Boots/BootiesFrye Distressed Red 77736/F955 C-09 Boots/Booties,Vince Brown and Olive Green Boots/Booties,Dolce Vita Black Leather Sz: M Nevada Boots/BootiesLouise et Cie Gray Equestrian Riding Biker Knee High 1/2 Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Particule 100 Veau Velours Pumps,Christian Louboutin White Multi Snakilta 40.5it Leather Spike Ankle Lady Fashion High Heel Red Boots/Booties,Donald J. Pliner Tan - Ksus In Camel and Sand Boots/Booties,Etienne Aigner Burgundy Vintage Studded Leather Boots/BootiesDolce Vita Khaki Silas Suede Leather Over The Knee Boots/BootiesDr. Martens Black Fur Pasha Boots/BootiesSam Edelman Smokey Blue/Grey Suede Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Parisienne Polka Dot Chiffon Open PumpsJeffrey Campbell Black Red and White Limited Edition Boots/Booties,Frye Tan Brown Rust Orange Boots/Booties,B?rn Pink Rose Winter Snow Shearling Sheep Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Yellow Snorkelling 100 Neoprene Boots/BootiesBlack with Plaid Rubber and Rain Boots/Booties,Steve Madden Soft Grey &tan Boots/Booties,Christian Louboutin Black Apostrophy 100 Nappa Shiny Leather Pumps,Cole Haan Camel Cassidy Camello Nubuck Boots/Booties,
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.